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Utica district begins laying off educators to balance budget

Michigan's second largest school district, Utica Community Schools, will begin laying off more than 30 teachers as part of its budget balance plan that includes staff layoffs, the sale of vacant district property, the consolidation of bus routes and cuts in the district's alternative program.

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Upgrading school with a startup mentality

It used to be that you risked detention for disrupting an elementary school classroom. Nowadays, disrupting a school system can earn you startup funding. A case study explores a new breed of "microschools" focused on reducing costs, enhancing educational impact, prioritizing customer satisfaction, and using technology to create continuous improvement.

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Schools ask for more flexibility in school lunch regulations

School districts were back before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education this week to ask for more flexibility in the new healthy school lunch regulations, which they say have made school lunches unappealing.

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Newark school board votes to back bill to curb charter growth

The New Jersey city's school advisory board has thrown its support behind a bill that would temporarily curb the growth of charter schools around the state. The proposed bill has particular gravity in Newark, where about 40 percent of students currently attend charter schools.

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Back-to-school spending seen rising

A National Retail Federation poll finds that 29 percent of households with children plan to spend more on back-to-school shopping this year—up from 24 percent in 2014. However, a separate study by America's Research Group found that 58 percent of parents said they would buy only minimally during the traditional back-to-school season.

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Inspiring the young engineer with construction sets

Maker Studio Construction Sets are available for free at MakerBot Thingiverse, a 3D design community for discovering, making and sharing 3D printable things. The MakerBot and ThinkFun product enables educators, children and parents to transform ordinary household items into engineering-inspired machines.

Wake County changing how students board school buses

The North Carolina district's students will learn a new system for crossing the road to get on school buses that school leaders hope will improve safety for the 80,000 children who ride daily.

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CompTIA debuts new IT career resource

The IT industry trade association has launched Skillsboost, a new, free resource on IT careers for students, parents and educators. It includes the latest information on careers within the IT industry with interactive infographics, a video series to "test drive" technology jobs and more.

Calif. district adds geovisual analytics technology for strategic planning

To reduce many of the challenges that accompany student population growth, Cotati-Rohnert Park USD has chosen GuideK12's web-based analytics software to enable administrators to visualize student data on an interactive map.

Nebraska District signs on with ClassLink

The state’s sixth largest district, Grand Island Public Schools, has adopted ClassLink’s single sign-on solution districtwide to help students manage multiple logins.