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10/17/2014

10/17/2014

Schools in Waukegan will remain closed again as the teacher strike continues into its tenth day due to an impasse between Waukegan District 60 and its teachers union over teacher compensation.

10/17/2014

While the number of children medicated for ADHD continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kids who actually take such medication varies by season. According to American Sociological Review's research, middle and high school students are 30 percent more likely to have a prescription filled for stimulant medication during the school year than they are during the summer.

10/17/2014

The Bay District School Board is giving three new charter programs the green light. Newpoint Bay will add an elementary school and alternative high school while University Academy will add a middle school to its elementary program.

10/17/2014

A new poll suggests North Dakota's proposed Measure 8 will pass without a hitch with voters. If the measure is approved, all public school classes in the state would begin after Labor Day. Supporters initiated the measure to prevent students from sitting in hot classrooms at the end of summer, which has caused districts to cancel school.

10/17/2014

Exposure to nature has long been linked to lower stress levels and mental alertness, but a new study finds it is also associated with higher scores on a standardized test. Even after controlling for factors such as race and parental income, Massachusetts third graders with greater outside exposure showed better English and math academic performance, a new study reports in the online journal PLoS One.

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

10/16/2014

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

10/16/2014

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

10/16/2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

10/16/2014

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

10/16/2014

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The Downey USD agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/15/2014

10/15/2014

A California school district settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student. Downey USD agreed, among other things, to give the student access to female-dedicated facilities and to provide students with age-appropriate information on gender identity.

10/15/2014

At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.

10/15/2014

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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