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New Jersey city district may lay off 400

Faced with a $75 million shortfall, the Camden City School District announced plans to eliminate 575 positions, resulting in as many as 400 layoffs. The layoffs are attributed to declining enrollment, overspending and cuts in federal funding. The cuts amount to a 32 percent reduction in central office staffing and 20 percent in school staffing.

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Mass. city board votes for over $360 million in renovations

In addition to four other school renovations totaling over $116 million, Lowell's school board voted to make the proposed $245.4 million addition and renovation of Lowell High School its priority building project. The city is submitting funding requests for all five projects to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for potential reimbursement.

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Maine high school graduation rate up, but proficiency lags

Maine's high school graduation rate has gone up 6 percent over the past four years, according to the state Department of Education. Right now, the gap between the overall number of graduates in Maine and those that make it to commencement having mastered reading and math is around 37 percent.

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Charter schools deserve scrutiny

Charter schools are here to stay in North Carolina. Some supporters thought open-government laws applied to the charters. As charter school numbers increase, however, the ability of the taxpayers to keep track of just how their money is spent is shrinking. State lawmakers should plug that apparent hole in the charter school law.

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Referendum defeated by five votes to build a new Wis. high school

A referendum to build a new Wisconsin Dells high school went down in defeat with only a five-vote spread between those against and in favor of the $30 million project. The current high school would have been remodeled and converted to a middle school.

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Casio America debuts new projector

Casio America introduced its first LampFree Ultra Short Throw projector. With brightness up to 3100 lumens and an ultra short throw ratio of 0.28:1, Casio’s new XJ-UT310WN is primarily designed for the education market with application tools that integrate with mobile technologies in the classroom.

Kansas district votes for $17 million school bond

Paola voters approved Paola USD 368’s proposed $17 million school bond. Bond plans will include safety and security improvements at all of the schools, tornado shelters at all district facilities, renovations to the middle school and various other projects.

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Construction referendum narrowly passes in Wisconsin county

Parkview School District voters approved general obligation bonds in the amount of $17 million to renovate two schools. The construction referendum passed by only 26 votes.

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Pa. lawmakers urged to revise school construction funding process

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

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