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1/21/2014

1/21/2014

Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.

1/21/2014

Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.

1/21/2014

Two people with ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be among those to benefit from new, publicly financed charter schools up for approval this week by Chicago Public Schools officials.

1/21/2014

A decline in the number of black teachers in Boston public schools has put the city in violation of a federal court order, prompting officials to step up efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

1/21/2014

Georgia’s 180 public school districts have not only managed to keep on going as state legislators and governors cut billions of dollars in public school funding since 2002, they’ve actually managed to raise student achievement scores. But many school systems are at a breaking point, say a growing chorus of administrators and parents.

1/17/2014

1/17/2014

Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday. The first lady hosted a group of approximately 60 education stakeholders for a White House screening of the film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” The film, which is described as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx," was produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

1/17/2014

A day after denouncing the education proposals of Gov. Nathan Deal, Democratic challenger and state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta, filed a resolution to make permanent his proposal to prioritize education spending statewide.

1/17/2014

New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopened yesterday, even though many who return have no idea why a preteen may have taken a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them. And teachers have the task of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.

1/17/2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is creating a new task force on school safety and security that will develop recommendations to help schools prepare and update safety plans and draft school-based training and exercise programs.

1/17/2014

Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.

1/17/2014

Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.

1/17/2014

Erin Frew’s students at New Tech West High School in Cleveland aren’t reading well enough. So as the principal, she decided to increase class sizes this year to free up money for more reading help for her students. But over at Campus International elementary school, reading’s not an issue. Math is. So Campus International Principal Julie Beers made her own trade-off: She cut the school’s art teachers from two to one and used the money to hire a math teacher to zero in on kids’ specific math issues.

1/16/2014

1/16/2014

Superintendent Michael Buoniconti estimates the shorter week could save about $400,000 annually, much of it in transportation costs. A bus ride to school can take longer than an hour.

1/16/2014

Reaction among educators to Gov. Chris Christie’s call for a longer school day and year was mixed Tuesday, with some citing research linking more class time to higher achievement, while others saying the quality of instruction, and not the quantity, is paramount.

1/16/2014

Lacking a school voucher system and a law that lets charter school operators turn to the state for approval, Tennessee gets an "F" for school choice, according to a national education-reform group.

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