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NJ schools take the PARCC test for a test-drive

Several hundred districts in New Jersey volunteered to test drive the math and language arts sections of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers during a four-week window that began March 24. The scores will not count.

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Kansas legislators tackle school funding question

The Kansas Senate has approved a plan aimed at fixing an unconstitutional funding imbalance between rich and poor school districts. The plan gives local school districts the ability to expand their taxing authority with voter consent but also contains some controversial provisions.

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Newtown schools enrollment declines post Sandy Hook

School officials have commissioned an enrollment study to determine if the drop in students is part of a larger demographic shift that is being felt in many suburban school districts or if it is yet another lingering effect of the school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators in December 2012.

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Listen for Life launches "Travels With Music" for K12

Listen for Life has created Travels With Music to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores 15 world cultures through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

A recent survey of likely Michigan voters for the Michigan Association of School Boards showed overwhelming support for professional development and training for board members to meet the board's demanding responsibilities. Without this knowledge and awareness, boards are potentially liable for infractions against state laws and statutes.

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Don't water down Illinois teacher standards

Enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a big concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre. Illinois state government's ill-guided solution: Ease the standards.

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Troubled North Carolina charter closes aburptly

StudentFirst Academy's charter board, which won state approval to open the west Charlotte charter school in August, cited ever-deepening financial problems as it surrendered its state charter on April 3. On that night, board members began telling parents that their students’ last day would be April 11.

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Maine city approves $43.7 million school budget

The Bangor School Committee approved a $43.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015, an increase of 2.42 percent over this year’s budget. The increase is to accommodate the rising costs of personnel and utilities coupled with a nearly $1 million decrease in funding from the state.

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Cadaver lab planned to educate select Ill. high school students

McLean County Medical Society is sponsoring a Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Lab for advanced-level high school students interested in careers in medicine. Labs, which will cost no money but offer no credit, will be limited to students who have the interest, maturity and intelligence to work on dissection.

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Time to stop seniority-based teacher staffing

Under current state law, seniority is used as the sole factor in staffing decisions in Pennsylvania's districts, with the recent exception of Philadelphia. House Bill 1722 presents an opportunity for the state to fix this and protect excellent teachers by reforming the practice of seniority-based layoffs.

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