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10/7/2014

10/7/2014

The Montana Office of Public Instruction has received three grants totaling more than $12.5 million to improve school climate and school safety and support the mental and emotional health of Montana students.

10/7/2014

Dozens of North Dakota school districts might benefit from a one-time federal grant intended to help them plan for emergencies. The state Department of Public Instruction has been awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to help rural districts review, revise or develop emergency operations plans.

10/7/2014

Schools in the suddenly robust Las Vegas community are so packed that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. But the growth, if a welcome sign of economic vitality, is overwhelming the district. Teachers are scrambling to educate students without the classrooms they need and with no prospect of new ones being built any time soon.

10/6/2014

10/6/2014

In Jefferson County, after two weeks of student protests, the original language about patriotism was dropped from a proposal to change the district's AP History course curriculum. The school board stripped the most controversial language and then passed the resolution, which still creates a committee to review course materials.

10/6/2014

When state legislators passed Wisconsin Act 35 — the concealed carry weapons law — they made it illegal for off-duty police officers to have weapons on school grounds. Now some Fox Cities schools are entering into agreements with local police departments to close what they see as a loophole.

10/6/2014

Despite criticism that the proceeds aren't enough to warrant the deals, the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. district is selling naming rights to some of its facilities to raise money. The money will be used to help buy iPads, train teachers and cover other costs.

10/6/2014

Nearly nine in 10 Washington public schools, including some high-achieving campuses in the state’s most moneyed communities, have been relegated as failing schools under federal education law, requiring them to set aside 20 percent of their federal funding for private tutoring or to transport students to schools not on the failing list, if parents wish.

10/6/2014

Florida school superintendents worry that thousands of children could be ready academically for the spring tests but will lack the computer skills to show what they know. Superintendents and others insist that the complex task of launching an entire new slate of computerized tests has been rushed, and that schools and students are far from ready.

10/6/2014

About 8 percent of today’s American teens suffer from some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. As the number of teens who suffer from anxiety disorders continues to grow, mental-health care is increasingly part of school nurses' job descriptions.

10/3/2014

10/3/2014

Qualified graduates of Chicago's public high schools will be eligible for a free ride at one of the city's seven community colleges under a new scholarship program. The Chicago Star Scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, fees and books for graduates who have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and are academically ready for college-level math and English courses.

10/3/2014

San Francisco USD has been awarded $2.8 million over the next five years to provide targeted services to address the needs of students exposed to violence. The Project Prevent grant award from the US Department of Education will support an integrated school-based violence intervention and prevention program at the district's schools in the Bayview Zone.

10/3/2014

Indiana education leaders moved closer to a new system for grading the state’s schools. The most noticeable change will be a shift away from a 4.0, GPA-style grading scale to a 100-point grading scale in determining what letter grade a school receives.

10/3/2014

A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit filed against Knox County Schools after a meeting of a group that warns against the advancement of Islamic law was approved but then rejected when publicity about the April event arose.

10/3/2014

More U.S. high school students are staying in school as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year, according to the US Census Bureau. Just 7 percent of 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school. Although Hispanics still have the highest dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups, it reached a record-low of 14 percent in 2013, compared with 32 percent in 2000.

10/3/2014

Montclair State will be getting $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, which is aimed at training STEM teachers to work in Newark public schools. Masters students receive tuition, fees, and a living stipend from the grant money, and preferential advancement from Newark Public Schools in the hiring process.

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