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Virginia district chooses Kevin Newman

King George Middle School Principal Kevin Newman will become superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools. The top school position has been vacant since Superintendent Kathleen Beane resigned last month to take a post with Caroline County schools.

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How a 'pop-up museum' is getting kids excited about math

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? One way is by making math hands-on, interactive and, yes, even fun. Children learn by playing, so we need to let them play with mathematical concepts.

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Nebraska district to consider $683 million bond plan for school construction

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

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New K12 formative assessment tool launched by Verso App

Verso Learning announced the United States launch of its formative assessment tool, Verso App. Already used by 1,700 K12 schools in 95 countries, the app is free, available through iTunes and Google Play, and works on any mobile device as well as most popular browsers.

ASCD offers professional development resources to support new teachers

ASCD is offering a variety of professional development resources for new teachers entering the education profession this upcoming school year. In addition to these resources, the organization has book bundles specifically for teachers’ professional development at discounted prices.

Michelle Richardson to head up California district

The Luther Burbank School District has named Michelle Richardson as its next superintendent. Richardson has been assistant superintendent for business and operations at Travis Unified School District in Fairfield.

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Louisiana board allowed to hire outside lawyers for Common Core fight

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

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Mississippi eyes takeover of Greenwood school district

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

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Should we stop teaching calculus in high school?

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. Let’s get rid of high school calculus and start teaching young students the math skills they really need.

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Connecticut plans over $20 million in round of school security grants

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

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