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Costly LAUSD board campaign ends

The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.

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Epiphany Learning debuts new schedule feature

As a new feature in its K12 web-based personalized learning application, Dynamic Schedule gives students more choice while reducing the amount of time teachers spend scheduling flexible environments.

New education tech developer portal launches with challenge

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched a new online Developer Portal, in which education technology developers, designers and educators can leverage newly-exposed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt APIs to create learning applications. To mark the launch, the company will host Curious Codefest, a 24-hour developer challenge.

FrontRow's networked intercom and safety solution upgraded

A new version of the Conductor digital communication system has been released to handle campus-wide intercom, paging, control and emergency response using the school’s LAN. New features include better disaster recovery, device discovery, map-based point-and-click paging, and a more elegant control station for the front office.

New York rejects all applications for new charter schools

The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.

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Put an end to prevailing wage

The Michigan Legislature is on its way to repealing the state's prevailing wage law. The measure artificially drives up the costs of public construction projects for schools and other government buildings. That's bad for taxpayers, school districts and job seekers.

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Capping superintendent salaries has backfired in New Jersey

After Gov. Chris Christie imposed a cap on superintendent salaries in 2010, the savings — only about $10 million a year — were really a drop in the bucket. This coming school year, many more superintendents will see their contracts expire. The state Senate voted to lift the cap, before it drives more superintendents to other states. Let's hope the Assembly does the same.

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Propane buses new mode of transportation for Boston Public Schools

The Massachusetts city will operate 11 percent of its bus fleet with Blue Bird propane autogas buses, starting with the 2015-16 school year. The school district is purchasing 86 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, and hopes to convert more of their diesel fleet to propane buses in the future.

Colorado charter school association and NWEA partner

Northwest Evaluation Association and the Colorado League of Charter Schools signed a new strategic partnership to provide resources including the MAP assessment, MAP for Primary Grades, Children’s Progress Academic Assessment, MAP Science Assessments and Virtual Comparison Group data at discounted rates to the league's members.

Suicide among elementary-aged black children is on the rise

Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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