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Providing job skills training, internships for youth

Urban Alliance, a national youth workforce development organization, was awarded a three-year grant by News Corp to fund workforce readiness training and paid professional internships for economically-disadvantaged high school youth in southeast Washington, D.C.

Va. bill would require parents be warned about school lockdown drills

One state legislator is proposing that every public school in Virginia give parents at least 24 hours' notice before deploying the lockdown drill training. The time would give parents the ability to have a discussion with their children about lockdowns if they want to.

Florida legislators want to filter public school drinking water

A bill introduced would require public schools to filter drinking water at the source on campuses built before 1986. The filters would have to remove lead. The bill extends beyond water fountains to sinks used in the kitchen for food preparation or cooking.

Could a 4-day school week boost teacher retention?

Amid a nationwide teacher shortage and teacher walkouts and strikes happening more often, more than 500 districts across 25 states have found a new way to retain teachers and boost morale: a four-day school week.

If Denver Public School teachers vote to strike, school nurses may follow suit

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association will resume its strike vote this week. But teachers aren't the only ones who may decide to strike. School nurses are also covered by the teachers contract. If teachers vote to strike, the nurses may strike as well.

‘Credit recovery programs’ and Nevada’s high school graduation rate

although credit recovery may allow kids to “recover” credits needed to graduate, it often delivers little in terms of actual learning. If a high school diploma is to be more than a “certificate of attendance,” state and local officials must take responsibility for how schools award credit. Until then, Nevada's record-setting graduation rate deserves the scrutiny it has thus far received.

People Watch: Toni Jones to move to new Connecticut district

In July, Toni Jones will start heading up Connecticut's Greenwich district, replacing Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo. In other news, districts in Pennsylvania and Idaho have selected new superintendents.

Professional development that inspires results

The Professional Learning Communities at Work process is increasingly recognized as the most powerful strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement. Join for three full days of learning.

First Student to expand operations in Connecticut

The Easton-Redding-Region 9 School Districts have selected First Student to operate, maintain and manage all student transportation services for the next five years. The company will replace the district's entire fleet. All 46 buses will be equipped with the latest technology, including GPS tracking systems, digital cameras and three-point seat belts.

New service helps K12 libraries with genrefication

Follett has unveiled Follett Genre Solutions to help simplify genrefication for librarians and media specialists seeking to make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more bookstore-like layout based on genres.

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