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NASSP celebrating National Assistant Principals Week

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has declared the week of March 31-April 4, 2014 as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students.

Baton Rouge, La., lawmakers seek to restructure school system

Two bills have been submitted to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber that would decrease the number of school board members, shift much of the board and superintendent’s power to over 80 principals and create community enrollment zones.

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Charter to try again in Pennsylvania despite school district stance

Key Charter School, with nearly 400 children pre-registered and plans to buy what was once a private high school, will again try to get permission to open from Harrisburg's public school district officials, despite their many concerns after denying Key Charter's first application two months ago.

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Washington district seeks new federal school funds

Tacoma Public Schools applied for an estimated $5.5 million in federal School Improvement Grant money to boost achievement at two high-poverty schools added to the state’s watch list this year.

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Yonkers, N.Y., delegation agrees with state bailout for school system

The state Legislature's Yonkers delegation is on board with a two-part bailout for the city's troubled school district. The schools are facing a large budget deficit after an accounting error led to a $55 million hole in both last year and this year's budget.

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New superintendent for Oklahoma district

Darrell Floyd has been named as the next superintendent of Enid Public Schools as of June 1. Floyd has spent the last 14 years as superintendent of Stephenville ISD in Texas. He succeeds Shawn Hime, whose duties as executive director for Oklahoma State School Boards Association begin April 1.

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Reviving the governor’s schools is good for Pennsylvania

For 35 years, thousands of the state's promising high school students attended the eight Governor’s Schools of Excellence. Slowly, the schools are making a comeback after falling victim to budget cuts in 2009. That is a hopeful sign, but there is a long way to go.

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A+ Mobile Solutions introduces two new products

A+ Mobile Solutions launched its new Mobile STEM lab, a platform designed with tools, activities and teaching materials for implementing hands on STEM activities in the classroom. In addition, The Intelligent Laptop Cart has been introduced as a learning and charging platform for mobile computer devices.

Baltimore County approves Spanish-blend classes for 10 schools

The district is looking to offer fourth-grade students in 10 schools the opportunity to learn in a Spanish-blended learning environment during the 2014-2015 school year. The new language pilot program would include classroom instruction with a Spanish teacher and 24/7 access to interactive content.

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Study finds more students with special health care needs and less nurses

Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations and are often underfunded, according to a new study.

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