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Netchemia acquires online recruiting provider SchoolSpring

Netchemia, LLC, a K12 talent managment company, has acquired online recruiting and application management provider SchoolSpring, Inc. The acquisition provides Netchemia with expanded and enhanced software, services and support capabilities.

New York City mayor and charters need to reconsider stances

As for the tone of the debate, charter advocates need to put aside the hyperbole about being under siege. Mayor de Blasio needs to renounce divisive rhetoric that portrays the charters as alien institutions instead of the public schools that they actually are.

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One size doesn't fit all in holding back third-graders in Oklahoma

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

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Louisiana school employee pension debt plan advances

A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

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Mark Scott is top choice for Houston, Ga. superintendent

Houston County's board has named Mark Scott, former Northside High School principal and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources, as their choice to be their next superintendent. The board votes again on April 8 once his contract has been finalized to make the appointment official.

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Wis. rural school leaders believe task force proposals falling short of needs

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

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Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher debate

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.

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Automated Logic releases new energy conservation monitoring app

Automated Logic Corporation, a provider of innovative building automation systems, announced the release of Eco-Screen, an interactive software application that showcases energy and conservation measures within a building.

St. Paul, Minn. students able to text confidential tips about school safety

The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.

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Year-round classes could be piloted for North Portland, Ore. school

Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland could move to a year-round calendar, according to administrators. The pilot calendar would require students to attend some classes in June, July and August to help combat what educators call the "summer slide" in learning.

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