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12/15/2014

12/15/2014

For some local freshmen, the pathway to a future career in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — might have started with the challenge of walking barefoot over eight dozen eggs without cracking a shell.

12/15/2014

The state redistributes funds from districts that had fewer students than expected to those that had more children than anticipated. But Wake school officials have downplayed the potential impact of the funding reduction, saying they can absorb the loss of the money they had originally budgeted

12/15/2014

Forbes magazine recently cited the state's low ranking on college and high school attainment rates in placing Mississippi in last place for the very first time in its "Best and Worst States for Business 2014."

12/15/2014

Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids offers students a chance to take a blended course — a hybrid personal finance class with 32 students enrolled — but the district plans to bring more options in the future.

12/15/2014

For the first time, Philadelphia's high school selection application — used by about 60 percent of district students to apply to up to five schools outside their neighborhoods — is entirely online.

12/12/2014

12/12/2014

The state will receive an additional $20 million in annual federal funding to further expand preschool services. Illinois was one of 18 states selected to share in a new $226 million, four-year federal grant program to expand preschool access to high-quality, full-day programming for children from high-needs communities.

12/12/2014

New York State’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., will step down at the end of the year to take the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

12/12/2014

After the number of homeless students in San Francisco's public schools has more than doubled in the last decade to over 2,000, one nonprofit has formed a partnership with the school district to directly respond to those in need through campus visits.

12/12/2014

In Louisiana, the Orleans Parish School Board is considering suing the Recovery School District (RSD) to prevent it from reopening shuttered schools. Board members contend that opening new schools is within only their purview. They say the RSD was established to take over and improve failing schools.

12/12/2014

Rutherford County Schools officials adopted a $234.63 million building plan that is expected to eliminate 57 of the 146 portables classrooms currently in use. A new elementary school building will be built by the start of the 2016-17 school year if the county commission funds the plan.

12/12/2014

The Los Angeles district announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools, making it among the first of the country's large school districts to make the switch. The new standards will require that all chicken products must be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program.

12/12/2014

New Jersey should be required to provide more school aid and universal preschool for 16 mostly poor, rural districts, attorneys representing the districts argued in court. The Education Law Center said the districts are unable to provide an adequate education to their students due to cuts in state funding.

12/12/2014

The Federal Communications Commission approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed internet. The proposal will raise the overall funding cap for the program to $3.9 billion annually.

12/11/2014

12/11/2014

A year-end spending bill released by Congress doesn't allow schools to opt out of the federal healthy lunch program but it would ease standards. The bill would reduce requirements for whole grains and suspend lower sodium standards that were supposed to go into effect in 2017.

12/11/2014

Compared with black boys, who are disciplined at higher rates than boys of other races and ethnicities, researchers say black girls tend to be penalized more subjectively, like for having a bad attitude or being defiant.

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