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Published by: District Administration 4/8/2014
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Weld North

Weld North Holdings has acquired a 100 percent interest in two Utah-based companies. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students and the English-language learner student population. Truenorthlogic is SaaS-based K12 talent management provider. Read more>>

CATO Institute

According to a new study from the CATO Institute, there has been essentially no correlation between what states have spent on education and their measured academic outcomes. It seems America's educational productivity appears to have stagnated, as least as measured by the NAEP and SAT. Read more>>

American Educational Research Association

A new study from American Educational Research Association indicates that middle school youth have experienced a wide range of upsetting sexual violence experiences that seem to be unaddressed by adults in these schools. Read more>>

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Area Leader - Partnership Delivery

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The Washington Times

President Obama announced a $7 million grant to Bladensburg High School, part of a larger effort by the administration to help U.S. students catch up with the rest of the world in college and career training. The award is a piece of the $107 million Youth CareerConnect grant program. Read more>>

The Post-Standard

A high school and an elementary school will be shut down or drastically changed under New York Education Department rules. Both schools failed to raise academic performance over the last three years despite intensive state help. The state also is replacing a second elementary school with the new Syracuse Latin School. Read more>>

The Ann Arbor News

Dual enrollment options at the local community college and flexible scheduling are among the new offerings students at Ann Arbor Public Schools will find this fall. The district will also be moving a student development program into its A2 Tech High School building to offer students in both tracks more options as part of a "Pathways to Success" campus. Read more>>

From DA Magazine

M. Night Shyamalan seeks secret to closing achievement gap

Tim Goral

M. Night Shyamalan, best known for writing and directing such films as The Sixth Sense and The Village, recently took on the role of education researcher, trying to discover the “secret recipe” to successful education in the United States. Read more>>

Chicago Tribune

Earlier this year, Chicago released statistics showing that charter schools, including those in Noble's privately-run network, expel students at a rate dramatically higher than district-run schools. At Noble, which runs 14 campuses throughout the city, there is a strict discipline code that includes fines for disciplinary infractions. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis
The New York Times

Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an increasing proportion of New York City students—perhaps as much as 10 percent. Is there a point at which fostering charter schools undermines traditional public schools and the children they serve? Read more>>

The Fresno Bee

State law allows children with diagnosed allergies to keep their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors at school in case of a reaction. A bill has been introduced in California that would require schools to keep an epinephrine stock and train some school personnel to use them in the case of an anaphylactic reaction. Read more>>

Los Angeles Times

Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should have consulted some everyday, health-conscious moms and dads before they drew up their new rules for school lunches. Most parents know that the best way to tuck a serving of vegetables into kids is to hide it. The federal rules make this nearly impossible. Read more>>

Industry News
Extron Electronics

Extron IN1608 IPCP is Extron Electronics's newest model in the IN1608 product family. The fully integrated AV system features a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor for complete control. Read more>>


Arrow, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, introduced the Key Rotation Indicator Rose for use on the QL97 series classroom intruder lockset. In an emergency situation, the 97 Function allows the teacher to use their key to lock the outside lever from inside the classroom, thereby preventing unauthorized entry. Read more>>

Mac to School

Working with Mac to School, California's Academy of Arts and Sciences administrators were able to save the charter school $245,000 by purchasing more than 350 refurbished MacBooks. Read more>>

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People Watch
The Charlotte Observer

Kelly Pew of the Pickens County School District will become the new superintendent of Rock Hill schools. She replaces Lynn Moody, who resigned last year to become superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina. Read more>>

The Charleston Gazette

Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools. Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer—an expected move, since he committed to serve in the position only temporarily after the firing of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple in late 2012. Read more>>

Chicago Tribune

The Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education inked a 3-year contract with Dr. Maura J. Zinni to serve as the new superintendent effective as of July 1. Read more>>