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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches new education services organization

HMH Education Services is a newly formed organization that will offer a comprehensive set of services to K12 districts, including technical planning, curriculum implementation guidance, districtwide data analysis, school improvement offerings and professional development.

Lawmakers approve two Missouri school transfer bills

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

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800 new digital learning activities released for grades 6-8

Compass Learning's Pathblazer math and reading intervention solution and Hybridge blended learning solution have been enriched with more than 800 new digital learning activities that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Easy K8 printables released by MyExcelTemplates.com

MyExcelTemplates.com has rolled out a variety of printable and customizable spreadsheets for teachers to use as worksheets and grade trackers.

Former Oak Grove principal hired as Central Cass superintendent

Morgan Forness, a longtime private-school educator, was named the superintendent of North Dakota's Central Cass Schools. Forness is the superintendent and principal of Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

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Barbara Walkley named as superintendent for New York district

Beacon City School District is hiring interim Superintendent Barbara Walkley as the permanent chief. Walkley suspended her retirement to take on the temporary role in August 2014, following the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Paul Dorward.

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Alamance-Burlington School System names new superintendent

The North Carolina district has named its interim superintendent to the full-time position. Bill Harrison was previously the chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education from 2009 to 2013.

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How to end 'teaching to the test'

The better way to ensure that test prep doesn't replace creative, stimulating lessons in class is to relax the law's rigid reliance on scores as a measure of school and teacher performance, and to tone down its harshly punitive elements.

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The case for opening New York schools to worship

Can New York City bar religious worship in its school buildings? It reflects the tension between the free exercise of religion on the one hand and the nonestablishment of religion on the other. The controversy involves afterschool uses of school buildings by outside organizations.

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New Jersey high school computer science program wins grant

A state grant of $600,000 has been approved for a Delaware Valley High School program that allows students to explore different areas of computer science, including simulation and modeling, cyber security and robotics artificial intelligence.

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