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Fairfax County Public Schools to Host Instructional Job Fair
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Jan. 16 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students during the 2018-19 school year. Principals and program managers will interview candidates at the FCPS Instructional Job Fair on Saturday, February 3 (inclement weather date: Saturday, February 24).

Instructional candidates interested in becoming a part of a dynamic and diverse community that offers ... Show Full Article

BCPS Receives Florida Panthers Foundation's Community Champions Grant to Launch Community Connecti
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Jan. 16 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce a $25,000 grant award from the Florida Panthers Foundation's Community Champions Grant Program, which provides financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit the community. The grant supports the District's Family and Community Engagement Department's launch of the new Community Connections initiative to increase and provide access to learning opportunities for families throughout Broward County.

Community Connections will ... Show Full Article

Orleans Parish School Board Releases Spring Request for Charter Applications
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Jan. 12 -- The Orleans Parish School Board issued the following news:

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has announced a new round of charter applications along with opportunities for prospective operators to learn more about the process. The improvements are designed to help those who may be generally interested in applying for a charter as well as those who are further along in the process and ready for a professional review prior to final submissions.

Prospective applicants can receive formative feedback from experts about their idea and plan. This prospectus process ... Show Full Article

IPS 2017 Graduation Rate Sees Significant Gains
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Jan. 12 -- Indianapolis Public Schools issued the following information:

Indianapolis Public Schools reported significant gains in its graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year with the percentage of students graduating topping the 80 percent mark for the first time in several years.

Data just released by the Indiana Department of Education shows 82.9 percent of IPS students graduated in the 2016-17 school year; this represents nearly a six percentage point increase over the previous year and the largest increase in the last seven years. Additionally, the District has ... Show Full Article

District's Graduation Rate Hits Highest Level
FORT MYERS, Florida, Jan. 12 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news:

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2016/17 graduation rates and again, Lee County has shown improvement.

The graduation rate increased to 78.7 percent for the 2017 graduation class, the highest level attained by the district since 2010-11 when the Federal Rate calculation was implemented.

When the data is disaggregated further, to include only the district's traditional non-charter schools, the graduation rate averages 88.7 percent.

"These numbers show we are heading in the right direction," ... Show Full Article

CPS Announces Additional School-Based Personnel to Support Special Education
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 12 -- Chicago Public Schools issued the following news release:

Chicago Public Schools today announced that 65 new positions are being created to provide schools with additional special education-aligned supports to supplement existing resources in city schools. The 56 school-based employees and nine citywide employees announced today will help high needs schools better serve diverse learners by bolstering paraprofessional, bilingual, and social and emotional resources.

"Our goal is to lead the nation in providing the best education to students with special needs, in all ... Show Full Article

APS Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 15.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Jan. 12 -- Albuquerque Public Schools issued the following news from the Superintendent:

These Albuquerque Public Schools students are recipients of $1,000 MLK scholarships sponsored by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council. They will be honored during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, Jan. 15.

Elexus Connor, Highland High School

"Dr. King made me question the present-day world because he fought with such elegance and showed that vengeance and rage was never the solution."

Sophie Toth, College and Career High School

"Dr. King showed ... Show Full Article