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Florida district to suspend use of corporal punishment

A Florida district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment announced it would be suspending and possibly banning the practice. Santa Rosa County officials decided to phase out the practice in order to protect teachers from potential liability issues.

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Multiple product updates from Edmentum

Edmentum launched user updates for EducationCity and a new learner experience for Plato Courseware, Edmentum Assessments and EdOptions Academy. All programs will be available this summer, with simpler navigation and improved features.

Arkansas changes course with school breakfasts

With 45 percent of its kids on food stamps, Arkansas ranks first in food insecurity. The state stepped up its efforts in 2010 with a program partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Since then, 1.5 million additional school breakfasts have been served to students in the state.

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Kansas officials ponder application of standards in school funding

The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. Education officials are questioning how the standard will actually work in allocating the money to schools.

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N.C. county board favor bold budget proposal

Wake County board members praised Superintendent Jim Merrill’s budget proposal, which calls for a $39 million increase in funding. Merrill is looking to bring Wake County to the top of the state in local per-pupil funding and reach the national average in teacher pay by 2020.

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South Dakota district approves $47.7 million spending program

The Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education approved a five-year, $47.7 million spending program to build a new middle school and renovate one of the high schools.

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Colorado school funding measure draws bipartisan support

Colorado is poised to direct an additional $300 million in state funding to K12 education. A proposal on how to allocate the new funding for kindergarten, literacy programs, English-language learners, charter schools and improved technology had bipartisan support from the House Education Committee.

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The financial crisis in Philadelphia's schools is an epic political fail

Disagreement or disinterest among the elected officials who represent Philadelphia is once again putting the city's public education system at risk. The real culprit here is the failure of political leaders to line up behind a certain and sustainable revenue plan to support the schools.

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"Flipping" classrooms may improve learning

Classroom “flipping,” which involves students doing prep work at home and finishing their homework in class, enables teachers to better ensure the students understand concepts. This type of learning might not work for every student, in every subject, in every school district, but the idea makes sense.

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