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New touch phonics app launched by EPS Literacy and Intervention

School Specialty, Inc.'s EPS Literacy and Intervention released its new S.P.I.R.E. Touch Phonics App. Available now on the App Store, the application provides digital manipulatives for phoneme segmentation and word building.

Wireless internet access decreases at schools for students

While the majority (93 percent) of elementary, middle and high school students have wireless access to the Internet at home, a recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson revealed that connectivity shrinks when they get to school — only 62 percent have wireless access there.

Four California districts expand use of Lexia Reading program

After piloting the Lexia Reading Core5 program in six schools, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has expanded the program to include all of its 17 elementary schools. Palm Springs USD has implemented the program as an essential part of their literacy curriculum. Colton Joint USD and Newport Mesa USD have expanded usage to 24 and 18 additional schools, respectively.

Texas ISD incorporates personalized literacy in 1-to-1 program

Texas' McAllen ISD is implementing myON to provide students with 24/7 access to over 7,000 books. District administrators opted to deploy myON to all 20 elementary and 7 middle school campuses.

S.C. school safety task force: more lockdown drills, officers needed

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

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Indiana school district defends plan to allow alcohol on school grounds

A plan to serve alcohol on school grounds has drawn criticism from the community, but Lebanon Community School Corporation is defending the decision. Under new policies that the school board will vote on next week, certain events outside school hours would provide the option through a catering company to bring in beer and wine.

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New charter schools unlikely in Massachusetts

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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Yoga, black labs help open doors at school for troubled kids

At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.

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Downey USD settles transgender discrimination claim

A California school district settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student. Downey USD agreed, among other things, to give the student access to female-dedicated facilities and to provide students with age-appropriate information on gender identity.

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Baltimore County to expand school security

The Maryland county plans to spend $9.8 million over the next three years to expand the school security system. By the end of the program, every Baltimore County public school will have a network of surveillance cameras that police can monitor remotely. Every school door would be locked and require an identification card to open.

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