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Microsoft offers ad-free Bing search for schools

Microsoft is launching a “Bing for Schools” program that is tailored for K-12 students by “removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content.”

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19 more Chicago elementary schools close for good

Chicago school district also working on plans to expand its Safe Passage Program to the welcoming schools where students from closed schools will be moved.

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St. John Parish School Board (La.) appoints Kevin George as new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Orange Schools (Ohio) to hire Dr. Edwin Holland as new superintendent

After an extensive search which included more than 45 candidates, the Orange City School District has hired Dr. Edwin S. Holland as its new superintendent.

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Data security is a classroom worry, too

As school districts rush to adopt learning-management systems, some privacy advocates warn that educators may be embracing the bells and whistles before mastering fundamentals like data security and privacy.

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Henderson-Hopkins school divides East Baltimore community

The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community, but they disagree about which children should be able to attend the much-heralded new school.

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Bethel (Ore.) board to OK budget with no layoffs required

After four years of cuts in the Bethel School District, things are looking up for students and teachers in the upcoming school year. Thanks in large part to 10 unpaid days that teachers agreed to last month, the west Eugene school district expects to avoid laying off any teachers or other staff members for the first time in four years.

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Bethlehem (Pa.) district doesn't want charter school to receive TIF dollars

Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District officials are disappointed that a city charter school is relocating into a special tax district aimed at boosting the economic redevelopment on former Bethlehem Steel land, and officials don't want the money the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority receives through a special tax deal going toward building the new school.

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New York suburb recruits students from other schools

The Blind Brook-Rye public school district, just outside New York City, seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college, including many in the Ivy League. What it hasn't always had in recent years is enough students. So the district is recruiting from neighboring districts whose families are willing to pay tuition of more than $20,000 a year to have their children attend a public school.

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Michigan school uses peer mediators to avoid suspension

Peer mediation is used at Ypsilanti High School (Ypsilanti, Mich.) as a prevention tactic to stop conflicts before they get too serious. The "conflict-resolution room" is quiet and sparse — just a small couch, some chairs and a plant. For decoration there are a few homemade posters with drawings of shooting stars and signs with slogans like "Together we can!" and "Think before you speak."

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