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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.

No more criminal prosecution of school truants in Texas

Texas can finally say goodbye to its failed experiment with criminal prosecution of truants. Measures that help schools crack down on habitual truancy should be supported, but putting children through a criminal trial system leading to fines and potential jail sentences was overkill.

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Albany must keep the charter cap

Raising the cap is unnecessary. New York's charter schools already are not handling their assigned share of students. Charters also receive funding when school starts for a certain number of students yet many actually end up teaching fewer than they are budgeted for. In addition, we need to have more transparency to audit charter schools to avoid fraud.

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Chicago Public Schools on the brink

A new report on Chicago Public Schools system says that the long-term outlook is bleak, but the short-term is even worse. Even with huge tax increases, more state aid, increased state funding of teacher pensions, salary and benefit concessions from teachers and more, CPS would still face an annual $350 million shortfall over the next several years.

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Lunar New Year added to New York public school calendar

Asian Lunar New Year will become an official public school holiday. This is a reversal from just a few months ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio's office had said it would not be added to next year's calendar due to concerns over being able to fulfill the number of state mandated days of instruction. Roughly one in eight New York City residents is Asian.

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Missouri school districts offer help to two struggling systems

Twenty-two school districts in the St. Louis region will offer support to the struggling Riverview Gardens and Normandy school systems by reducing tuition payments they collect to educate the two unaccredited district's transfer students.

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Questions remain as new chapter in Newark schools begin

Four months after the Department of Education renewed the contract of Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the troubled state-controlled New Jersey school district is stepping down. After 21 years in state control, the question remains whether Newark Public Schools should be returned to local leadership.

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