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Published by: District Administration 7/23/2013
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U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves to revamp a subsidy program aimed at bringing faster Internet to schools and libraries, after President Barack Obama's plea for a swifter transition to the digital era. Read more>>

The Columbus Dispatch

The new interim superintendent of Columbus schools says he is working to fire employees implicated in the district’s data scandal, or at least encourage them to leave. Read more>>

Arizona Daily Star

Arizona has seen an unprecedented surge in school districts wanting to convert some of their schools to charters, raising concerns over whether districts are unfairly using the law just to generate more money. Read more>>

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Associated Press via News & Observer

Nearly 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racial segregation in public schools, lawyers are set to square off in a federal courtroom in eastern North Carolina over whether the effects of that Jim Crow past still persist. Read more>>

The Star-Ledger

When North Brunswick students return to school in September, retired police officers will patrol the halls in each of the township’s six schools. In Edison, school principals will carry "mobile panic buttons" to contact police in an emergency. Read more>>


The St. Paul School District is doubling its commitment to erasing the racial achievement gap by renewing a partnership with a California consulting group and adopting a racial equity policy drawing upon 2 ½ years of work and candid talk. Read more>>

Boston Globe

A newly appointed Boston middle school principal, hoping to inspire her staff to take risks for success and to learn from one another, extensively plagiarized a Forbes magazine column on leadership in her first memo to the staff. Read more>>

Detroit Free Press

The communities of Buena Vista and Inkster today became the first that will see their school systems dissolved under a new law after local officials missed a 5 p.m. deadline to find money to help operate next school year. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Many people believe that more money is not an assurance that schools will improve. This new review from the Georgia DOE will give them evidence to support that contention. Read more>>

Chicago Sun-Times

Seven Chicago Public Schools that seemed doomed to go away in a record round of school closings won a last-minute reprieve in May that felt, said parents. But now an uncertainty has set in about what the upcoming school year could look like, given budget cuts at some of those schools. Read more>>

The New York Times

Just a few minutes’ drive from the polo fields, the fieldstone walls guarding 10-acre estates and the Greenwich Country Day School, from which the elder George Bush graduated in 1937, is far denser terrain, where the homes are smaller and closer together and part of a public housing complex that seems escaped from New York City. Read more>>

Industry News

This easy-to-use online tool will be a helpful resource to teachers as they incorporate the Common Core into their lesson planning for the first time. Read more>>

Teacher's Discovery

Teachers will have full access for themselves and their students at home and at school to the complete text, reinforcement exercises, video, audio, and assessments using conventional computers and other electronic devices, such as iPads and smart Phones. Read more>>


Narrated by 12-year-old Abigail, the book is written in a straightforward but gentle style and has a strong psycho-educational component. The idea is to normalize the response that many children have to overwhelming events in their lives. Read more>>

Scientific Learning Corp.

Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic, has partnered with Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL) to share his expertise on the topics of reading fluency and comprehension. Scientific Learning is the maker of the Reading Assistant™ and Fast ForWord® online learning programs. Read more>>

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People Watch
The Press-Enterprise

Sid Salazar, assistant superintendent for Quality Neighborhood Schools in San Diego Unified School District, will start work July 29. Read more>>


The man Ann Arbor school board members say is the right man for the job is thoughtfully weighing the move with his family, which the Board of Education voted 7-0 to offer him. Read more>>

New Haven Register

Two out-of-state educators and an assistant superintendent of schools for the district are the finalists in the running to replace retiring schools chief Reginald Mayo. Read more>>

Boston Globe

Mary Grassa O’Neill, the first lay superintendent of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, will be stepping down next month after five years. Read more>>