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Capstone unveils newest database module PebbleGo Next

Capstone's newest line of database modules, PebbleGo Next, builds off of the company's PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3. PebbleGo Next will feature content for grades three through six. Debuting in the fall, its first State and American Indian Studies module will explore history, geography, government and people.

New analytics tool from Gale debuts for libraries

Cengage Learning's Gale has launched Analytics On Demand, a data analysis tool for libraries. With software from Alteryx, the program enables library administrators to integrate external data sources with internal data output from their integrated library systems and other platforms.

Penn. district proposes new career-focused high school

Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.

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Calif. city's district to expand access to after-school programs

The San Francisco USD's board approved a resolution committing to increase access to after-school programs for its 26,005 K5 students. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.

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Louisiana school voucher assignments delayed 10 days due to court order

The order outlines information that the state must provide for the Justice Department to monitor the voucher program, which the federal government contends might have worsened public school segregation. Data on applicants and the private schools they are to attend must be provided 10 days before alerting families and schools.

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Drawing the disciplinary line with "use" of imaginary weapons in schools

School suspensions over things that could not possibly be guns have been going on for years. School violence is indeed a real threat. In regard to punishments, school officials here are exercising discretion without oversight, and their snap decisions on imaginary weapons are affecting real futures.

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Cleveland find $15 milion to reduce cuts planned for next school year

The city's schools will have their budgets cut by $5.2 million next year, instead of the previously predicted $21 million. The extra $15 million the administration is able to give schools comes from higher-than-expected property tax collections, and more than $10 million in savings in this year’s budget.

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College dropout rates decrease as high school student readiness increases

A new ACT research report shows a clear link between student academic readiness and college dropout and transfer rates. The findings suggest students at the greatest risk of dropping out are those who earn lower ACT college readiness assessment scores.

New white paper from MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute released a new white paper, “Better Blends With Visual Game-Based Math.” Covering the benefits of a blended learning model for both teachers and students, the paper describes various ways MIND’s ST Math program can personalize digital learning while being part of a core mathematics curriculum.