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New project-based professional development tool launched

Information in Action, a new K5 teaching resource published by Scholastic, provides educators with a suite of professional learning materials, including four complete model units at each grade-level to help students integrate reading, writing and research to create, present and launch projects.

Stealing from poor kids a new low for Illinois

Pension costs account for a quarter of the Illinois’ operating revenues, are rising by at least $1 billion a year and are squeezing dollars that could be used for education, human services and other vital programs. Over the past decade, the state has been taking more and more Title 1 funds to pay teacher pensions instead of aiding low-income students.

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The realities of teaching matter

The best educational systems in the world set high standards for students and then let teachers decide how to get there. Teachers are given time to collaborate and design curriculum to fit their students. Standardized tests are given sparingly and used for the purpose they were intended, to help the student.

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Ner Jersey students call for local control of schools run by state

Hundreds of Newark students walked out of classes to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

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Lowell principal tapped as next superintendent of Lakewood Public Schools

Michigan's Lakewood Board of Education voted to hire Alto Elementary School Principal Randy Fleenor as the district's new superintendent. Current Superintendent Michael O'Mara is retiring.

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Mecklenburg County schools head named top leader in Virginia district

The Isle of Wight School Board voted to hire James Thornton, currently the head of a rural Virginia school district, as the new Isle of Wight County Schools superintendent. He will replace current Superintendent Katrise Perera.

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Tenth largest school district approves $2.6 billion budget

Virginia's Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for the next school year, which is an increase of $53.9 million. It will also allow for small pay increases of 0.62 percent for all employees.

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New Mexico district refuses to pay state $1.4 million for PARCC standardized test

Albuquerque Public Schools' school board voted to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement they owed the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

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Robbie Owen announces resignation as superintendent at Baldwin County School System

The Alabama superintendent is leaving his current position to return to his previous role as principal of Rockwell Elementary School.

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Tennessee nears national goal for graduation numbers

Tennessee in 2013 ranked eighth nationally for its high school graduation rates. With 86.3 percent of Tennessee high school students currently graduating on time, the state isn't far from reaching the U.S. goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to a new report.

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