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Growing class sizes a worry for Nebraska public school teachers

The Nebraska State Education Association approved a class-size resolution that calls for exploring options, including providing financial incentives for school districts to keep class size at teacher-student ratios recommended by research.

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Heated debate surrounds push for deep fryers in schools

Within the next couple of months, the Texas Department of Agriculture could be poised to repeal a state policy that bans deep fat fryers and soda machines on school campuses and places limits on the time and place that junk food can be sold there.

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Are North Carolina's charter schools becoming segregated?

More students are going to charter schools in North Carolina that are predominately white, a trend that raises concerns about resegregation of schools. Critics have also raised concerns that because the schools don't have to provide transportation or offer free and reduced-priced lunch, they can be inaccessible to poor families.

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Virtual schools coming to Alabama's school systems

Every Alabama school system would be required to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for high school students by the 2016-17 academic year under a bill lawmakers passed.

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Oklahoma governor signs charter school bill

School districts throughout the state will have the ability to create charter schools under a new bill. It amends the current law, which allowed the creation of charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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Sheriff fighting decision to replace school resource officers with private security guards

The decision to add a private security guard on every Chester County campus would eliminate the need for four school resource officers. The district says the decision is about more efficiently using district funds to place security on each school campus.

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Is public boarding school the way to solve educational ills?

Buffalo's chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.

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Exams only put youngest learners under a microscope

Assessment is a critical tool for marking human progress, and for surfacing the deep inequalities that mark young children's development and learning. But we need to come to a consensus on the kind of data that's worth collecting. And we need to stop squashing our smallest learners' insatiable quest for data and knowledge.

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Ohio district picks superintendent from within

When Aurora's Superintendent Russ Bennett retires in July, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Pat Ciccantelli will be promoted to the top position.

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Washington district hires new superintendent

The Washougal School District has selected Michael Stromme as its top leader. Current serving as Vancouver Public Schools' associate superintendent of teaching and learning, Stromme will succeed retiring Superintendent Dawn Tarzian.

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