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Society tolerates widespread sex abuse in schools

Sex abuse is a frequent occurrence involving public employees in positions of trust and victims forced into their care by mandatory attendance. Congress, governors,the secretary of education, legislators and school boards need to get serious and stop these crimes against youth.

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Virginia superintendent to retire

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, will retire from that post May 1. Wright, a veteran of the state education department, has been serving as the state's schools chief under three governors.

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Philadelphia to give two more schools to charters

Philadelphia's school district plans to designate two additional elementary schools for conversion to charter schools in September. This will be the fifth straight year that failing district schools will be given to charter organizations for turnarounds.

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Next year, finals to be mandatory at all Wichita, Kan., high schools

Administrators have been drafting new finals guidelines for this fall. The plan calls for mandatory final exams in every subject every semester in addition to taking away exemptions that allow students to bypass final exams if they have a certain grade or attendance record.

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Schools coping with Common Core turbulence

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been “bumpy” as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular materials and create assessments that adequately measure the standards, according to a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Hobsons launches Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum

In an effort to make college a possibility for all students, particularly students who would be first in their families to attend college, Hobsons announced the release of the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum, a blended learning college and career readiness solution for students in middle and high school.

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Teacher’s start-up fills digital literacy gap for students with autism

A first-of-its-kind online learning platform--developed by a special education teacher--is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders.

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Latest SAT overhaul aligns with Common Core

The newly redesigned SAT will be more in line with the Common Core standards. Beginning in 2016, it will test students on what they’re learning from their high school curriculum and measure skills needed for college and career readiness.

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Corporate eye on education

Some of the world’s most powerful companies are increasing their influence in K12 education by funding programs that blend workforce development with public service.

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Why principals should be wary of homework

Few topics generate as much debate in education as homework. Experts disagree on its educational value, and research offers little clarification. Teachers and parents vary in how much homework they think children should do. So where do principals fit into the homework system?