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The stars of the Star Academy

Pitsco Education has awarded $500 scholarships to two 2013 Star Academy Program students who have found success in the acceleration program and embody its ideals. All finalists in the scholarship competition were nominated by teachers and administrators from Star Academy Programs across the country.

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Benesse America offers exclusive pilot program for educators

This interactive, multi-platform math tool creates excitement, prepares students for high school, and builds a strong mathematical foundation. Educators can incorporate the StraightAce Learning math system into classroom activities or use as an effective homework management tool for their entire class.

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Verbal Education launches breakthrough vocabulary learning system

A memory retention system for vocabulary and developed from brain-based research, this program is based on the simple and fun practice of attaching what a person needs to learn (words) to what they already know.

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Newmark Learning introduces more than 150 new Spanish language reading books for grades PreK to 1

These engaging and effective texts carefully scaffold students up a gradual staircase of text complexity to build the foundational skills they need to access complex text in their native language.

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'Nobody wants to be the cupcake police' in Hillsborough (N.J.) schools

Dicenzo said she recently received an email from the district's nursing supervisor, reminding teachers about food items allowed during the school day. 

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Updated graduation requirements on Colo. board of education agenda

An advisory council has been crafting minimum standards in four core subjects that would be required to graduate from Colorado high schools — baselines that could be achieved through a variety of standardized test scores or other means.

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Conn. Gov. tells Hartford parents he's still fighting for education reform

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed Connecticut's education reform bill into law a year ago, the Vine Street school was called the Milner Core Knowledge Academy. Malloy had often identified Milner as the kind of chronically failing school he wanted to transform.

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Education reform's next big thing: Common Core standards ramp up

What's going on at this school in Loveland, Colo., as well as across the United States, is a key step in a long-running shift to national standards. These Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, have the potential to drastically change curriculum in elementary, middle, and high schools around the country.

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Central Texas school districts adjusting to serve homeless students

Waco ISD has more than 15-hundred students who are designated as homeless. The district has a grant funded department dedicated to helping remove any barriers that may keep these students from attending school.

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State officials could intervene quicker in failing Mo. school districts

The measure also would allow the state Board of Education to prescribe conditions under which a local board could continue overseeing a failing district. The state board also could set up an alternative governing structure, such as a special administrative board, merging the district with neighboring ones or splitting the district into several new ones.

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