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South Dakota gets grants for eight after-school programs

The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, guaranteed for five years, for eight after-school programs. The money will support tutoring, homework help, music, arts, sports, and other after-school activities.

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Missouri offers relief on impending school transfers

This fall, school districts throughout Missouri will have new directives from the state that provide leeway in how to handle a potential influx of students transferring from unaccredited school systems.

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Philadelphia commission votes to revise outdated school donation policy

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to change a 31-year-old policy, now making it easier for schools to accept much-needed grants or donations. The original policy, established in 1982, said that gifts, grants, donations, or scholarships of $5,000 or more needed approval. Today, getting approval for such a small amount has become a burden.

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Are school technology investments paying off?

While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. The bottom line: Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck, according to a new report.

California elementary school to be named for Michelle Obama

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to name an area elementary school in first lady Michelle Obama’s honor. The name was selected for Mrs. Obama's support of a healthy, active lifestyle, after which the school models itself.

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Chicago union chief faults ‘rich white people’ for city’s education mess

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

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Ed chief lets states delay use of tests in teacher job decisions

Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests.

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Jordan (Utah) School District says it needs 19 new schools in next decade

The Jordan School District is expecting enrollment to increase by more than 29,000 students in the next 10 years for the communities it serves, which include Herriman, South Jordan, Riverton, Bluffdale and West Jordan.

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Flint (Mich.) School District looking to call back 50 teachers, lay off 21 other staffers

There are 21 layoffs recommended for the board of education’s approval at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 E. Kearsley St.

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Many school districts don't offer text emergency alerts; better chance locally

But many parents were unaware of the lockdown and of a manhunt launched by authorities. Text and email alerts were sent, but most parents of the district’s 5,000 students were not signed up to receive them.

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