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Building schools designed to succeed

Kids recently headed back to school. Unfortunately, many of them were greeted by worn-out desks and broken chairs. More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs.

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Play-based learning works

Weaving learning into curriculum guided by the interests of children and nurtured by teachers who lead children through exploration and inquiry is what happens in most play-based pre-school and early education environments.

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Springfield (Mass.) officials pursue 5-year program for new school roofs, windows and boilers

In all, the planned and proposed capital projects could total more than $50 million over a five-year period, and would defer any further roofing projects for 15 to 20 years, said Patrick J. Sullivan, the city’s director of buildings and facilities. Proposed projects include new roofs at 18 additional schools through 2016.

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Demolition begins at Sandy Hook Elementary School

The property, according to Reuters, has been barricaded to keep members of the public and media away. Security guards also are monitoring the site. Workers have reportedly signed confidentiality agreements banning them from discussing any aspects of the work.

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Proposition 30: A year later, California schools seeing benefits of tax measure

Proposition 30 stabilized school funding in California for the first time since the Great Recession began, allowing school districts to avert thousands of teacher layoffs.

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Auditor finds fraud in Richmond Public Schools

The way the Richmond Public School (RPS) district hires and pays employees needs oversight and the process could be wasting big money, according the Richmond City auditor.

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K12 for schools and districts honors six school districts for innovative use of online learning

The winners of the K12 2013 Transformation Award were each selected for a transformative practice that resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and success of online learning, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.

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SunGard K-12 Education releases features for BusinessPLUS

This release provides end users with the ability to export data from most BusinessPLUS screens directly to Microsoft® Excel. As a result of this new functionality, school administrators can create simple reports by pulling data for easy manipulation and analysis. Like many BusinessPLUS enhancements, this feature is free for all current customers.

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Texas schools see 1:1 tablet success after two months into the school year

Each school district’s goal was to supply every student with a tablet and integrate it into their existing curriculum and technology. NCCISD has completed this goal, outfitting all 300 students in the district. MISD supplied their entire sixth grade of 1,600 students with LearnPads as part of a multi-year integration of 1:1.

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myON Reader named Best Reading Website by the ComputED Gazette, Wins 2013 EDDIE

myON reader allows students to access a unique online environment where they have access to the largest collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, including naturally recorded audio, text highlighting and an embedded dictionary.

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