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Suspensions at R.I. schools down; rates for minority students high

Although the total number of suspensions in Rhode Island public schools has declined dramatically, minority students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers, according to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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National Common Core test not for La. high schools until 2016—if at all

Louisiana lawmakers introduced bills to drop the new national tests that measure the Common Core math and English standards. The Education Department's decision to postpone testing in the state for one year in November means it is already too late to use the tests in 2015-16.

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New money, new plans for 2 troubled Philadelphia schools

Blaine Elementary and W.D. Kelley will use $3 million in grant money from the private Philadelphia School Partnership to transform themselves. They were chosen due to the large numbers of students they received from schools the district closed in June.

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Knowre named in Fast Company’s top 10 innovative ed companies

KnowRe, an educational technology company with an adaptive mathematics curriculum, was listed in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 series as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.

Contract signed for new Arizona school superintendent

Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a 3-year contract to begin July 1. She currently serves in the same role for the Hartford Public Schools district in Connecticut.

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Michael Popp named as new East Aurora, Ill., superintendent

Michael Popp, a 24-year veteran of Indian Prairie School District 204, was selected as East Aurora School District’s next superintendent less than two weeks after the board’s first choice reversed his decision to accept the superintendent position.

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Nampa, Idaho names new superintendent

David Peterson, currently with Washington's North Mason School District, will officially take the helm as Nampa's new superintendent as of July 1.

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Fla. county exploring investigation into prior leadership's financials

The Manatee County's superintendent sent a formal request to the Florida Inspector General’s Office to conduct an investigation into the financial practices and activities of the district’s senior leadership team from 2010 to 2012, alleging that they overspent their budget by more than $38 million over a five year period.

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Hernando County district proposes extensive reorganization plan

A restructuring plan proposed by superintendent Lori Romano calls for big changes in the way Florida's Hernando County School District is organized and run. The plan includes 18 new district-level positions and numerous changes to job titles and departments.

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Video Insight awards second security grant to Colorado Springs school

Harrison School District Two, the recipient of Video Insight's second School Security In-Kind Grant Program, will receive a grant valued at over $20,000 that includes Video Management Software licenses, IP video surveillance cameras and more.