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New study: does better recess equal a better school day?

The randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe, healthy recess in low-income elementary schools in 22 U.S. cities, found that the program reduced bullying, enhanced feelings of safety at school, increased vigorous physical activity during recess, and provided more time for classroom teaching.

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New edges available now with many Explore™ Tables and other Bretford products

The Bretford polyurethane edges are molded, which allows them to be formed into unique shapes. Available in reverse knife (Edge 18) and quarter round (Edge 19) styles, these edges are shaped on the user side and are flat on the remaining sides and back to allow them to fit closely together for a clean connection with other tables.

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Schoology wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award

More than two million users at over 35,000 schools and universities use Schoology’s collaborative interface to boost student engagement and streamline curriculum management. Schoology’s user-centric design and open integration platform helps schools of every type meet the individual needs of learners with powerful tools for instruction, assessment and communication.

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Over 1 million student service hours Managed Through x2VOL

x2VOL, by intelliVOL, is a platform used by high schools to manage and report student service hours in private and public schools and districts nationwide students. This secure system allows school administrators to easily manage activities, post opportunities, and quickly track and approve student volunteer hours and service learning projects. Students benefit from a single, online source to manage and record the volunteering hours they give.

Pennsylvania Getting Swept into Common Core Debate

On Monday, a group of Senate Democrats, accompanied by members of the American Federation of Teachers, called on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and the Department of Education to stop implementing the Common Core standards, which Corbett's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Ed Rendell, started to get students ready for college and careers.

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Minneapolis Schools Propose Reforms to Boost Student Achievement

Educators want to give Minneapolis Public Schools more autonomy on budgets, hiring and schedules.

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Richmond (Va.) School Board Again Debates Closing Schools

The talk of closing schools in Richmond is back on — and there’s a third school on the list.

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Next Fall, MAP Tests Will Be Optional for Seattle High Schools

High schools in Seattle won’t have to give the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests starting next fall, the latest development in the testing controversy that has drawn national attention after starting in January at Garfield High School.

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Portland (Ore.) Schools to Use $1.5M in Reserves if Arts Tax is Struck Down

As part of a deal with the city, Portland Public Schools plans to commit $1.5 million from its reserves to fund arts teachers should courts strike down the arts tax.

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Illinois May Require School Shooting-Incident Drills

With Illinois close to making shooting-incident drills mandatory in all public and private schools, some parents and officials say a proposed new law would require tough decisions on how to balance a student's safety with a child's innocence.

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