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Kansas City Public Schools: Data Mining Uncovers Eviction Solutions and Earns National Award
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, June 25 -- Kansas City Public Schools issued the following news, dated June 21:

Kansas City Public Schools is receiving national recognition for its efforts to unearth the impact of evictions on students and to refine data into a cutting-edge program that helps families stay in their homes.

The Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) has announced that it is giving the 2019 Research and Assessment Leadership Award to the KCPS Division of Research and Accountability. The decision was prompted by a unique data-mining research and solution development collaboration forged by ... Show Full Article

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Superintendent Search Continues With More Special-Called Board of Education Meetings
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, June 24 -- The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools issued the following news, dated June 20:

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is continuing the search for the district's next superintendent. A first round of interviews wrapped up earlier this week and a second round is expected to begin later this month. The original pool of 44 candidates from 16 different states was first narrowed to less than 20 for round one interviews.

The second round of interviews will include up to 6 finalists. Board Chair, Malishai Woodbury says they hope to have a final ... Show Full Article

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: 'The Perfect Match'
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, June 24 -- The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools issued the following news, dated June 20:

By Kim Underwood

At Piney Grove Elementary, staff members are delighted that Assistant Principal Brendan Elkins will become the new principal after Principal Bob Vorbroker retires at the end of the month.

As Vickie True, the school's Data Manager, put it:

"Piney Grove Elementary is blessed to be able to have Mr. Elkins step up into the position of principal. We are all sad to see Mr. Vorbroker leave us, but, at the same time, very excited to see him enjoy a much-deserved ... Show Full Article

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: 'I Will Miss the Kids'
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, June 24 -- The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools issued the following news, dated June 20:

By Kim Underwood

At the end of the month, Bob Vorbroker will retire as the principal at Piney Grove Elementary.

"I will really miss the kids," Vorbroker said.

No matter what stresses a day might bring, he said, walking into any classroom in the building would immediately cheer him up.

He will miss his colleagues as well.

"They are quite a crew," he said. "We are just like a family."

What he won't miss is waking up at 5 a.m. every school day with his mind already grappling ... Show Full Article

Three Fairfax County Public Schools Earn 2019 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, June 20 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

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- 16 FCPS Schools Earn Continuous Improvement Award

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The state Board of Education today recognized 19 FCPS schools for high student achievement or continuous improvement under the board's new exemplar performance school recognition program.

The exemplar performance school recognition program is aligned with the Board of Education's revised accreditation standards and replaces the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

Forestville Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High School ... Show Full Article

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board Approves Contracts for Three General Obligation Bond Projects Valued at $35.9 Million, Small Business Enterprise Goals Met or Exceeded
MIAMI, Florida, June 20 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release:

The Miami-Dade School Board approved the commissioning of architects and a construction award related to three General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects valued at approximately $35.9 million, during their regular monthly meeting yesterday.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the GOB in 2012 to renovate, remodel and replace schools; expand student capacity; enhance safety; and provide technology upgrades. The following are details of the projects:

Palm Springs North Elementary School - The scope of work for ... Show Full Article

Illinois Network of Charter Schools: Hundreds of Charter Public School Students Advocate for Peace in Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 20 -- The Illinois Network of Charter Schools issued the following news release:

At a time when many high school students focus on summer activities, Teyonna Lofton, a rising senior at Perspectives Leadership Academy, a charter public school in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, stood before hundreds of her peers to speak out against gun violence on Chicago's South Side.

"There is so much pain we carry as young people and we just shouldn't have to," Lofton said. "We cannot become desensitized and accept what is going on around us. We have to stand up together for the fundamental ... Show Full Article