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8/13/2014

8/13/2014

Putting alcohol-based hand sanitizers in classrooms in the hopes of reducing school absences due to illness may not be worth the expense in high-income countries where clean water for washing hands is readily available, a study says. It finds that adding the sanitizers to school-age kids' usual hand hygiene routine — washing with soap and water — did not reduce illness-related absences.

8/13/2014

More than 650,000 Los Angeles Unified students went back to school, supported by the largest funding boost in seven years for nearly 1,600 new teachers, counselors, nurses, library aides and principals.

8/13/2014

The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes.

8/13/2014

Charter schools in Nashville will soon be expected to make their financial documents — including a disclosure of private funds — available for the city to publish online as part of a new set of measures aimed at fiscal transparency.

8/13/2014

U.S. lawmakers may have moved on from the gun control debate that ensued after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, but a new poll found that adults still rank school violence and gun-related injuries among their top concerns for children.

8/12/2014

8/12/2014

More than a quarter of Michigan's charter school authorizers are "at risk" of being suspended, the Michigan Department of Education announced. Department officials said that 11 authorizers may not be allowed to open new schools because of low academic performance and problems with contract transparency.

8/12/2014

A Cincinnati charter school threatened by a lack of funding will not reopen for this upcoming school year, forcing hundreds of parents to scramble to find a new school for their children.

8/12/2014

Local school leaders are reacting to the first statewide assessment of bullying at public schools. The report stated that there were more than 9,000 cases of bullying during last school year in Indiana. Verbal incidents accounted for 44 percent, 21 percent were physical and the rest were electronic threats and social shunning.

8/12/2014

East Chicago students and parents who don’t take attendance seriously will face big changes. A new cooperative effort between police, school and city officials, the city court judge, Calumet College and Ivy Tech Community College will identify truant students and return them to the classroom.

8/12/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the state's department of education is expanding its 2014-2015 Governor's Expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program. This initiative is designed to create a culture of innovation and achievement in Pennsylvania's public schools to increase student achievement.

8/12/2014

The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a new law that strips teachers of a right to a hearing before they are fired.

8/11/2014

8/11/2014

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group this year at 49.8 percent. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

8/11/2014

The 2,800-student Fort Thomas Independent Schools district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country — mostly wealthy districts that can afford to forfeit the money — that have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.

8/11/2014

School ratings, released by the Texas Education Agency, show that about 9 percent of public schools across Texas fell short of the targets. The Houston ISD, despite its progress compared to last year, had nearly twice the rate of low-performing schools as the state average.

8/11/2014

The Vermont Education Department announced that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing No Child Left Behind standards a mission impossible.

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