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Chicago makes massive teachers pension fund payment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Chicago Public Schools to meet Tuesday's deadline for a $634 million contribution to Chicago's teachers retirement fund but warned making the state-mandated payment would lead the cash-strapped district to make classroom cuts ahead of the new school year.

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N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school board

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

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Big results in the Big Easy

Given the depths from which New Orleans' schools started their journey, much more needs to be done. Offering school-level autonomy to all schools, engaging community leaders to help solve the problem and funding the interventions are three lessons that the city has already learned.

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Indiana predicts significant drop in test scores and school's letter grades

The Indiana Department of Education wants to ease up on schools' A to F accountability grades because of a predicted 20-30 percent drop in ISTEP scores — based on other states that implemented similar test changes to comply with federal standards.

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U.S. capitol's school reform agencies mishandled rules and money, report says

Washington, D.C.'s school district agencies in charge of school modernization broke rules, spent money on the wrong projects, and couldn't account for millions in modernization spending, according to a new report.

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Colorado committee members set to study school safety, youth in crisis

A new committee has been appointed to review how Colorado school districts can best handle students' mental health issues and keep schools safe. The legislative committee will study and evaluate programs and methods for identifying and monitoring students in crisis, developing standardized criteria for school personnel and more.

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New cost-effective way for teachers to wirelessly collect scientific data

Vernier Software & Technology has launched the Go Wireless Link to provide a way to wirelessly collect data from more than 40 sensors on tablets and mobile devices in science and STEM classrooms.

Four new mobile device products launched by LocknCharge

The K12 mobile device management company released a carrier cart and three charging stations to safely store, sync and charge mobile devices at schools, especially those with 1-to-1 programs and flexible learning environments.

Social and emotional assessment to be integrated into curriculum

Apperson Inc. has partnered with Open Circle, a provider of evidence-based curriculum and professional development for social and emotional learning in elementary schools. Apperson will align the skills from its Evo Social-Emotional Learning assessment with skills and practices from the Open Circle Curriculum.

New content added to myOn's digital packages for next school year

myON has added elementary and middle school titles from Candlewick Press's digital content to its personalized literacy environment, Publisher Program.