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3/1/2013

3/1/2013

School drama programs across the country are in danger. The Department of Education reports a 16% drop in public elementary school instruction for drama/theatre over the past ten years, and a 3% drop in secondary schools. In our current economy, drama programs are at greater risk, as state and local legislators look to cut education budgets to make up for funding shortfalls.

3/1/2013

This agreement allows for both public and private K-12 and higher educational institutions in the state to qualify for deeply discounted VMware license and production support from Matrix Integration, a leading technology solutions and services provider based in Jasper, Ind.

3/1/2013

Districts are bracing themselves for the impact of the major education cuts set to occur with the March 1 sequestration as they plan their budget and staffing choices for the fall, said Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a statement. If congressional lawmakers are unable to compromise on another plan to trim the national budget, Department of Education funding will be scaled back 9 percent just this year alone, according to the national Center on Budget & Policy Priorities.

3/1/2013

Teresa Armstrong is steamed. The Virginia mother of four has spent the last few weeks watching, reading and listening to politicians argue about the country's finances but fail to reach a deal to prevent impending across-the-board cuts to federal spending. She doesn't understand how they can bicker endlessly while the consequences for her daughter, Angela, hang in the balance.

3/1/2013

A Colorado school's ruling over a transgender child has sparked questions that could affect schools all over the country. Which bathroom should be used by a child who identifies as a different gender from his or her body? Where's the line between accommodation and discrimination? At what point is a child old enough for that to even be an issue?

3/1/2013

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Green has decided not to fill the district's top financial position and intends to review how the district is organized, she announced in an email.

3/1/2013

President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address to “make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America” rallied advocates across the country who have long argued that inequity in education begins at a very young age. While supporters herald the plan as a way to help level the playing field for children who do not have the advantages of daily bedtime stories, music lessons and counting games at home, critics argue that providing universal preschool could result in federal money being squandered on ineffective programs.

3/1/2013

The Indiana Charter School Board has approved a new charter school in Fort Wayne that must meet specific enrollment goals before it can open its doors. The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the Carpe Diem Indiana charter school, but the school must demonstrate by July 15 that its enrollment will fall between its "break-even" financial number and its goal of 130 students for the first year.

3/1/2013

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama talked about redesigning schools for a high-tech future. But long gone are the days of shop class, or even "vocational training," said Stephen DeWitt, the senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education. What's emerging in schools now is something tougher to pin down.

3/1/2013

A plan Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and his cabinet members were considering to extend the school day has been delayed for a year, Miles told district employees Wednesday. For the past several months, DISD administrators had been debating the idea of adding 30 minutes to the school day. Students would have started school 15 minutes earlier and stayed 15 minutes later, adding the equivalent of 11 additional school days over the entire year.

3/1/2013

Luz Hernandez is a single mom with five children. While she worries about how her limited English will affect her ability to get a better job, she mostly worries about what her communication skills mean for her kids.

3/1/2013

Only a week remains until the School Reform Commission is to vote on the largest wave of school closings in Philadelphia history, but community organizations are fighting for more time. The NAACP and ACTION United, a statewide organization of 52,000 low- and moderate-income families, have asked for a one-year delay to find additional sources of funding and alternatives to the proposed closing of 29 schools.

3/1/2013

An East Texas school maintenance worker was in fair condition Thursday after being accidentally shot during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, according to local media. The concealed handgun license class is part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms in schools in Van, Texas, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

2/28/2013

2/28/2013

A total of 508 readers responded to the unscientific AL.com poll taken as Republican legislators push bills that would repeal the common core in Alabama.

2/28/2013

Out of necessity, cash strapped schools have for years been asking parents to cover some of the most basic classroom needs: craft supplies, a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, an Algebra book.

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