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First-Ever IT Leader Survey Stresses BYOD, Budget Issues

District IT leaders are prioritizing BYOD, assessment readiness, and broadband access for their schools.

Reading Wonders

Discover how the McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders program unlocks the Common Core Standards through a digital, dynamic and engaging student/teacher experience.

Why is the Common Core in Trouble?

By David S. Martin, Ph.D., 5-2-13

We read increasing numbers of messages these days about second thoughts that various entities are having in regard to the Common Core Curriculum Standards. On the one hand, this statement of concerns is definitely troubling because for the real first time, the Common Core (for all of its shortcomings) is a bona fide attempt to coordinate American public education—an historic attempt; the resistance is partly due to short-sighted parochialism on the part of some states, wanting to “maintain” their own curriculum.

Sweetwater (Wyo.) Schools Hires Superintendent

The Sweetwater County School District 1 board of trustees on Wednesday selected a Colorado educator as the district's next superintendent. Mathew Neal, the director of innovation strategy and operations for Denver Public Schools, was chosen from a field of four candidates, according to a district media release.

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Alabaster (Ala.) Schools Names New Superintendent

The current superintendent of the Saraland City School System will serve as the Alabaster school superintendent beginning on July 1. Dr. Wayne Vickers was chosen out of a pool of 16 candidates who applied for the position in March, and will replace current Interim Superintendent Dr. Phillip Hammonds.

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Dallas Mayor Shows Support for School Superintendent

Dallas is facing “a moment of truth” over its public school system and must choose reform over stagnation, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday in a signal of his support for embattled Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles. The mayor made it clear that he believes Miles must be given the latitude to implement changes intended to improve Dallas schools, even if the superintendent’s efforts frustrate some city leaders, particularly in the black community.

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Pinellas County Fla. Looks to Save Millions by Tweaking Special Ed

Pinellas County Schools officials hope to shave about $6.5 million off their budget by retooling special education programs. Closing the K12 Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport and moving the students to other schools is expected to save $1.8 million, while other special education staffing changes are expected to save an additional $4.7 million.

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Repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act Fails

The Louisiana state Senate Education Committee rejected a move to repeal the state's Science Education Act on Wednesday, handing a defeat to opponents who have criticized the law for essentially allowing the teaching of creationism in science class.

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Powell Jobs Engages Education Secretary Duncan on School Reform

On Wednesday, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, seemed happy to defer the spotlight to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the pair chatted on stage at the NewSchools Summit in partnership with The Aspen Institute in Burlingame, Calif. Powell Jobs turned from interview subject to inquisitor as she quizzed Duncan on improving the nation’s education system.

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The ‘Componentized’ School of the Future, Built in 90 Days

Project Frog built a school in a warehouse. Or at least, part of a school. The “componentized” building company — Frog management dislikes the terms “prefab” and “modular” — put up a life-size model of one classroom, a hall, and a couple other rooms in their warehouse on a San Francisco pier.

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