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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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Report on Texas School Cuts Informs Education Budget Debate

How Texas public schools coped with the $5.4 billion state budget cut in 2011 is sure to dominate the conversation at the Capitol about school funding in 2013.

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Shot in Pa.: "Won't Back Down" Film Posits Radical School Solution

One of the nation's biggest challenges in education is how to improve persistently low-achieving schools. The movie Won't Back Down - filmed in Pittsburgh and released Friday - gives one answer: Let parents and teachers take over the school if it is failing to educate students.

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School Choice: Boston Public Schools Proposes Five Options

Officials from the Boston Public School Department presented five different plans to address the issue of school choice in the city. All the proposals would mark a significant change for JP residents

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White’s Waivers

The Indianapolis superintendent brought stability—and graduation waivers.

Best Practices: IT Management for Educational Institutions

Now, more than ever, students, faculty and staff rely on a functional, secure IT infrastructure to help them with learning, instruction, collaboration and research. Each year, a reliable, optimized and well-run infrastructure becomes even more critical to the success of educational institutions worldwide.

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Special Report: The Best High Schools in New York

Besides publishing U.S. News & World Report’s first exclusive New York high school rankings, the Daily News solicited advice from experts on navigating the cumbersome, time-consuming process of finding the best school for each student.

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Principals as Instructional Leaders

But can they do it all? And at what cost?
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Not Your Mother's Student Information System

Like seemingly everyone else connected to K12 education, vendors that offer student information systems are being called upon to do more with less. Where past generations of these systems focused on nuts and bolts such as time, attendance and behavioral issues, the latest generation has created-and drawn inspiration from-districts' desires for all-in-one solutions that blend finance, HR and student data.

What Questions Should You Ask Before Buying a SIS?