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North Carolina district hires new superintendent from Scotland County

Rick Stout, current superintendent of Scotland County Schools, will take the reins at Onslow County Schools in early 2014. His selection was announced during the Onslow County Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Stout said he hopes to continue the path of excellence already established at Onslow County Schools. He said he would like Onslow County Schools to be the best in state.

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NY's education Regents need accountability

The furor of parents over the Common Core and all that comes with it rocked a Manorville forum sponsored this fall by state Sen. Ken LaValle. Despite consistent pleas to slow down testing of students and implementation of the Common Core standards, the commissioner and the Regents trudge ahead. Even the Regents' announcement this week that the board will appoint a subcommittee to review the new standards' introduction came with the statement that "moving forward with Common Core is essential."

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Chance to help with education grows on a tree at Mall at Robinson

Earlier this month, volunteers and staff members from The Education Partnership distributed 7,774 holiday packages filled with school supplies to needy children in 22 area schools. The partnership is hoping for a financial boost for that effort from an Education Tree set up at The Mall at Robinson where shoppers can make a $15 donation in return for a handmade ornament.

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Indiana education board releasing 'A-F' school grades

Indiana's State Board of Education is set to release "A-F" school grades for the 2012-13 school year four months after a grade change scandal sparked a review of the grading system. Schools are graded based on a series of factors including test scores, graduation rates and other performance measurements. The grades have become increasingly important factors recently in determining teacher pay, school funding and possible state takeover.

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Michigan gets millions In federal funds for education

Michigan’s top education official says they are celebrating over the good news that the state has been awarded millions of dollars in federal funds for early learning education. State Superintendent Mike Flanaghan says he and others in the Department of Education were ecstatic over Michigan winning $51.7-million from the federal government’s Race to the Top program.

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Walking with dinosaurs: Great animation delivers education

The BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs it is downright educational (although youngsters need not be told that). Aimed squarely at the dino-crazy demographic (ages 7 to 12), the film pumps a few IQ points into a kid-film genre sorely in need of them, identifying each dinosaur species introduced, including factoids about what they ate and any special skills they might have had.

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Education advocates give Philidelphia city council, Pennsylvania state Lawmakers low marks

A report card from a coalition of education advocates gives barely-passing grades to City Council and the state legislature, when it comes to funding Philly schools. City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

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Ted Mitchell, Education Dept. nominee, has strong ties to Pearson, privatization movement

Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was nominated in October by President Obama to become the Under Secretary of the Department of Education. As the administration continues to reshuffle its team, and confront new regulatory challenges, some view Mitchell’s nomination as a move towards greater privatization. In the coming months, the Department of Education will release “gainful employment” rules to rein in for-profit colleges, an experiment in proprietary education that many see as an unmitigated disaster.

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Democrats' plan would oust education secretary

After three years of battling with Hanna Skandera, the state's controversial education secretary-designate, Democratic lawmakers have a new plan to get her out of office. A new proposal would simply make her position disappear. Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, is backing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the job of state education secretary altogether.

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Vermont to get $37 million for early education

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced Thursday that Vermont is one of six states to share a $280 million federal Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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