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Nevada county board approves $2.2 billion budget

Clark County's board approved a $2.2 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year that includes money for more teachers, assistant principals, deans, buses, school support staff and full-day kindergarten classrooms. The district expects a $61 million increase in revenue and plans to eliminate $7 million in contracts.

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Dwindling numbers trigger mandatory consolidation for Arkansas district

The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.

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Principals to assume more authority under Louisiana district overhaul

A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.

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Wisconsin school libraries to receive $30.2 million

Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.

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Philadelphia district to undergo state audit

The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.

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Tennessee approves school vouchers, rollout in question

The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.

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When equalization of Illinois funding results in inequity

Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.

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Illinois district names Tom Leonard to top district position

Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.

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eNet Colorado partners with Colorado BOCES Association and myON

eNetColorado, the Colorado BOCES Association and Capstone's myON are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31. Educators, students and families will have unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone.

Scholastic Education and Mindset Works to distribute growth software

Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.

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