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Mobile apps move K12

School administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These same apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a wide range of information with other districts.

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Career frontiers: Voc-tech moves into the future

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics classes of the last century. Today's students are building drones, designing robots and developing solar power.

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The Business Of: Food Services

For some districts, the best way to please students and thereby increase participation is to maintain total control and keep all food service operations in-house. But some districts find outsourcing necessary to save money.

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Shifting the power balance

In many states, the negotiation process between school districts and teachers unions is changing as new legislation gives administrators more freedom to pass reforms without collective bargaining.

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College prep conundrum

Experts are divided on whether colleges are exercising more caution about awarding the tuition-saving credit that has been a major selling point for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

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Study: Teaching social skills raises test scores

Responsive Classroom, a widely used K6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day, improves academic performance, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March.

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New Orleans’ schools unite to ease dropout rate

The Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District will share facilities and citywide educational services including a therapeutic center for students with severe mental health issues and a system to evaluate preschoolers with disabilities.

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Business feedback puts seventh graders on technical job track

In suburban Minneapolis, seventh graders will soon start building skills for local technical jobs that may be open to them when they finish school. The Anoka-Hennepin School District is updating its seventh-grade technology curriculum to better suit the needs of local businesses.

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‘12 Years a Slave’ to become high school curriculum

Program offers schools copies of the 2014 Best Picture winner, the book it’s based on and a study guide. The curriculum, which will be distributed in September, is well-suited to history and English courses.

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Leading turnaround in Massachusetts

Pia Durkin took the reins as superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools, one of the lowest-performing districts in Massachusetts, this past July. She is leading a massive turnaround plan for the city’s high school that will require 50 percent of the faculty to be replaced, with all teachers having to reapply for their jobs.

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