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Massachusetts adopts Torsh TALENT for early education and childcare

Massachusetts is partnering with Torsh Inc. to use its TALENT solution as part of the state's Department of Early Education and Childcare Peer Assistance and Coaching pilot. The online video-based collaboration and analytics platform will support coaching and professional development for early child care and out-of-school-time education providers.

N.J. school construction agency announces $500 million for 1,600 projects

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.

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N.Y. district to reduce positions with decreasing enrollment numbers

Guilderland Central's district, again faced with reduced aid and a state-set levy limit, continues to make cuts in its proposed $92.1 million budget. Next year’s spending plan would eliminate roughly 35 jobs. A number of the reductions are driven by an expected drop in enrollment next year, continuing a downward trend.

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San Antonio to open second early college high school

The San Antonio ISD plans to open its second early college high school this year after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Alamo Colleges to open the new school in August on the St. Philip’s College campus. The students will be housed at the college while taking both high school and college courses.

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New mascots for four Texas schools after policy change

Houston ISD unveiled four new school mascots after the school board changed district policy on school symbols to become more culturally sensitive. The cost for new uniforms and changing over symbols in gyms, hallways, marquees and signs could top $250,000.

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Panic buttons in North Carolina schools to add more security

The N.C. General Assembly mandated during the 2013 session that every public school must have a panic alarm system installed by July 2015.

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Trenton school officials weigh pros, cons of more charter schools

Just as the city’s school board closed a $10.5 million budget gap last month by cutting administrative staff — a gap that some board members blamed in part on charter schools — two more charter applicants submitted proposals to enter the district in 2015.

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Iowa schools struggle to pass federal standard

Nearly every — if not all — Iowa school district will get a failing tag from the U.S. Department of Education this year.

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Curriculum Associates program recommended by federal program

Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE Screens were chosen as a recommended screening tool by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its new Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative. The program is designed to encourage healthy child development and universal developmental and behavioral screening.

Califone releases ear bud headphones for audio learning activities

The new E2 and E3 Ear Buds from Califone International are designed for classroom as students increasingly turn to online instruction and mobile devices for language learning. The lightweight headphones are compatible with most tablets, smartphones and computers.