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Catholic officials object to Chicago's testing for top public high schools

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city’s Catholic Schools sent to the district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Ohio county superintendent to retire at end of 2014

Kent Houston, Conneaut Area City Schools superintendent, will resign his position due to retirement at the end of 2014. Houston was hired as superintendent in July 2008.

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New superintendent for Washington's Quincy School District

John Boyd will begin in July as the superintendent overseeing 2,700 Quincy School District students. He will succeed Superintendent Burton Dickerson, who is retiring. Boyd is currently the executive director of instructional leadership at Burien's Highline School District.

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Alaskan panel advances bill to end high school exit exam

The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.

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Arkansas Board of Ed approves snow day waivers

The Arkansas Board of Education's vote allows waivers for 75 school districts to make up some of their missed days but skip others. The districts canceled between 12 and 23 days over the winter.

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Mayors conference urges FCC to modernize E-Rate program

The bipartisan leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors, representing more than 1,000 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, called on the FCC to take swift action to modernize the E-Rate program to bring high-speed broadband to every school and library and Wi-Fi to every classroom.

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School turnaround legislation approved by Michigan House

The state House has approved by a one-vote majority Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to expand the agency that’s supposed to turn around some of Michigan’s "failing" schools. The Education Achievement Authority is currently running 15 schools in Detroit.

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Wisconsin passes limited school accountability bill

Wisconsin's Assembly voted to pass with bipartisan support a more limited Senate version of the proposed expansive school accountability reform bill. The bill requires private voucher and independent charter schools to provide student information and test results to the state by 2015-16.

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New Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model

ASCD announced the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model as a strategy for improving students’ health and learning in schools. Developed by ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it combines on the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework.

Voucher expansion plan appears stalled in Florida this year

A massive expansion of Florida's education voucher program looks to be mired this year. House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether students using the state scholarships to attend private schools should be required to take the same standardized tests as those in public schools.

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