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Ohio Auditor Questions 5 School Districts' Policies

Ohio state's auditor says five school districts have used questionable attendance policies and practices, putting them at a higher risk for scrubbing attendance data to improve their school report cards.

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School Board Candidates Debate Funding Gaps, School Programs

The Brentwood (Calif.) Union School District board covered potential budget cuts, future technology, community involvement and bridging funding gaps in the Election Previews 2012 debate that will begin airing Oct. 5.

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Texas School Vouchers Likely to Trigger Another Fight

A dormant battle to push school vouchers through the Texas Legislature was revived Thursday when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst named Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to head the — virtually ensuring a ferocious fight when a new legislative session opens in January. Patrick is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools.

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Oklahoma Superintendents Reject A through F Grading System

In a strong show of support for public schools statewide, more than 80 school superintendents came together in Oklahoma City to protest Oklahoma’s new A through F grading system designed to hold schools accountable for education.

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Connecticut's St. Mary's School Deploys iPads

At first glance, it could have been any other first-grade class: Teacher Sheri Jehnings held up a book, read a passage, and told her students to illustrate and record a response. But instead of fanning out to desks or grabbing markers and paper, the first-graders pulled out their sleek new iPads, opened Educreations and began tapping out their thoughts on the screen.

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Contract Approved, Chicago TU Preps for Closings, Budget Battles

Chicago Teachers Union members voted overwhelmingly this week to approve a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth year, that was hammered out amid a historic seven-day CTU strike. Now comes the challenge of paying for the deal, which has so far largely played out as a battle between the union and district on school closings.

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Leading Charter Schools Nationwide Adopt 'i-Ready'

Many of the nation's leading charter schools have chosen Curriculum Associates' i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction to be a key element of their blended learning and student growth initiatives. Harlem Children's Zone, New Classrooms, Rocketship Education, and Uncommon Schools Boston, as well as KIPP Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York all use i-Ready.

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Channel One News Opens "OneVote" 2012 Presidential Poll; Teachers and Students Nationwide to Participate in Largest Online Election

Channel One News, the premiere television news network for teens, reaching millions of young people in middle schools and high schools nationwide, today announced the launch of "OneVote 2012," marking the network's fifth run of the largest student mock-election held in advance of the national Presidential election.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Selects ASCD to Support Professional Development Goals

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools(CMS), winner of the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education, recently selected ASCD as its new, districtwide professional development partner.

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Cleveland Independent School District (ISD) Adopts PublicSchoolWORKS to Improve Student and Staff Safety

PublicSchoolWORKS, a Cincinnati-based company that offers the one and only comprehensive, fully-automated risk management system available for schools, will begin a full implementation of EmployeeSafe Suite and its Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP) at Cleveland ISD (Cleveland, Texas) for the 2012-2013 school year.

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