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McAuliffe picks former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton as ed secretary

For his education secretary, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has picked someone steeped in Virginia government: Anne Holton. The former Virginia first lady is the wife of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, himself a past Virginia governor; the daughter of another former governor, Linwood Holton; and a onetime judge on Richmond's Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt honored in Center for Green Schools at USGBC’s Best of Green Schools 2013 List

HMH was recognized for helping to transform learning environments by driving the conversation around sustainability education and the Common Core.

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Follett expands PreK-12 ebook offerings with Macmillan Partnership

With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools.

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Edgenuity launches student “Tweet of the Month” award

The “Tweet of the Month” program will kick off in January, featuring an inspiring student tweet and rewarding winners with a special swag bag and online recognition.

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Vantis Life Insurance Co. hosts “Actuarial Boot Camp”

The camp, offered at no charge to Connecticut high school seniors and college freshmen with exceptional math skills, gave them an insider’s look at the role they could play within the insurance sector if they were to pursue a career as an actuary.

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Can improved curriculum boost lagging NAEP results?

The results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress were “encouraging but modest,” according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Eighth graders made small gains in reading and mathematics, while fourth graders improved slightly in math but not reading.

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School nurse shortages grow as budgets shrink

Reports of districts eliminating school nurses or replacing them with unlicensed staffers are increasing nationwide, and student health care is suffering as a result, nursing advocates say.

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Superintendent rebuilds trust at a California district

Donald Brann, state trustee of Inglewood USD, has only been on the job six months, but already teachers and administrators are seeing that things are different from what they used to be.

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How volunteer audit committees can protect districts

Tough economic conditions and shrinking revenues have increased competition for public funds. As a result, school districts are under intense scrutiny from state regulators and local taxpayers; any fiscal mismanagement receives harsh criticism.

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Old skills make a comeback for the youngest students

Kindergarteners nationwide are stretching their small hands across keyboards to learn the basics of typing in preparation for the online Common Core assessments.