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New Oregon test won't count on school report cards, teacher evaluations

Results from the new Smarter Balanced Assessment standardized test for Oregon students will not be used this year in compiling school report cards or teacher evaluations under a bill that has cleared the Oregon House.

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Seattle parents renew calls for school recess changes

A group of parents went before the Seattle Public School Board of Directors about the lack of action on school lunch and recess time. Since the beginning of the school year, parents and a collection of students have complained both times routinely fall well short of district guidelines of 20 minutes.

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Michigan Senate OKs bill allowing sweets at school bake sales

Brownies and doughnuts could be back in school bake sales under a measure the state Senate approved that would let districts raise money by holding events currently banned since they don't meet federal nutrition guidelines.

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Platform to bring IT and cybersecurity training to classrooms

Cybrary has launched a new education training platform designed to help K12 and higher education educators plan, manage and monitor IT and cybersecurity curriculums.

Mayor defends efforts to help struggling New York City schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s efforts to fix New York City’s troubled schools, describing those efforts as a cross between a war and a policing operation. The mayor's newly aggressive language comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is pushing an alternative vision for dealing with the city’s struggling schools that clashes with the mayor’s and chancellor’s philosophy.

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Social-emotional learning book integrates with lesson planning

Gryphon House, Inc.'s new activity book, “Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum” by Ellen Booth Church, offers activities designed to connect social-emotional learning to the classroom curriculum with child-development tips, guidelines and support information for teachers.

Warren High School District 121 names new superintendent

The next superintendent of schools of the Illinois district will be John Ahlgrim. Currently the superintendent at Zion Elementary School District 6, he will take over from Superintendent Mary Perry Bates after she retires at the end of the school year.

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Oregon districts picks Gustavo Balderas

Gustavo Balderas is the Eugene School Board’s unanimous choice to lead the district. Currently the superintendent of Huntington Beach's district in California, Balderas will take over for Sheldon Berman, who asked to leave the Eugene district after this school year.

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Brian Whiston picked for Michigan school superintendent post

Dearborn school Superintendent Brian Whiston, the 2014 Michigan Superintendent of the Year, has been offered the position of state school superintendent. Whiston has been selected to replace Superintendent Michael Flanagan, who is retiring.

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New mobile device management products debuted

LocknCharge launched four new products for schools to safely store, charge and sync mobile devices in locked steel carts or stations at schools.