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Utah Senate passes bill to tweak school grading

A bill was advanced to tweak how letter grades are given to schools based on year-end testing and graduation rates. One change would end the practice of giving an automatic F grade if schools fail to test at least 95 percent of students.

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Wake County, N.C. board opposes state's teacher tenure elimination law

The school board passed a resolution opposing the state’s plan to offer pay raises to top teachers in return for giving up tenure rights. They charged that the new contracts would hurt teachers’ morale, inhibit their spirit of collaboration and would not fairly pay enough teachers for their hard work.

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Missouri state budget plan includes increases for schools

Rep. Rick Stream, the House budget committee chairman, proposed increasing K12 public schools' funding at Governor Nixon’s recommended amount of $278 million for fiscal year 2015—but only if Nixon’s revenue estimate of 5.2 percent growth proves true.

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La., N.Y. and Wash. districts earn top national honors in NSBA's 2014 Magna Awards

Recognizing school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to advance public education, the grand prize Magna Awards winners are St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Luling, La., Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Medina, N.Y. and Kent School District in Kent, Wash.

College Board to revise SATs by spring of 2016

Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, eliminating obligatory essays, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong and cutting obscure vocabulary words.

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Janice Wycoff named as Clear Fork Valley, Ohio's superintendent

Janice Wycoff will start her new term as superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools on August 1. David Ritter, interim superintendent at Clear Fork, will stay in that position until Wycoff begins.

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New superintendent announced for New Hampshire's SAU 50 district

SAU 50, which serves the communities of Greenland, New Castle, Rye and Newington, has selected Salvatore Petralia to fill the superintendent position held by Dr. George Cushing, who is retiring at the end of June.

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Dell names Dell Youth Innovation Advisors

Dell has named a group of 12 young leaders under the age of 22 Dell Youth Innovation Advisors. They will contribute to the company’s technology and solutions strategy in the education sector and serve as advocates for the student voice to ensure Dell is providing students with the tools they need to succeed.

New skills assessment feature with Atomic Learning

The online professional learning company has launched a skills assessment feature for its technology training that enables users to gauge their progress mastering the skills taught through Atomic Learning's library of tutorials.

Nepris connects STEM professionals & classrooms virtually

STEM professionals are meeting face-to-face with students to talk about their jobs virtually through connections made through Nepris. The company matches STEM professionals to K12 classrooms with interactive sessions and project mentoring using the teacher's specific session and subject requests.