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Schenectady superintendent alleges school-funding discrimination

The superintendent for Schenectady schools wants the federal government to intervene in what he argues is racial discrimination in how New York funds education.

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School performance index to drop two criteria in South Dakota

South Dakota will be allowed to drop the criteria of teacher effectiveness and school climate from the school performance index. The U.S. Department of Education approved those changes as part of the state’s flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Portland schools join national effort to improve school results for minority boys

Portland Public Schools is one of 60 urban districts nationwide that signed on to My Brother's Keeper's mission to improve educational outcomes for black and Latino boys. Participating districts agree to spend more more on early childhood education, reduce disproportionately high school discipline rates for boys of color, provide mentoring and improve black and Latino males' access to college-prep courses.

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Washington loses bid to avoid sending out failing school letters

Washington state won’t get a pass this summer on telling parents that their kids attend failing schools, the federal government says. The U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington’s request to be exempted from that particular requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act since the state lost its waiver from the federal law.

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Florida school district opens first dedicated wellness center

The 5,000 employees of Leon County's school district, one of the larger employers in North Florida, will now have their first wellness center on Lively Technical School's campus. Funds for the building and equipment came from the stored Florida Blue dollars in order to save taxpayer money.

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New Calif. law restricts full-contact football practice for high school teams

A newly signed law in California will prohibit football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes a day, limit the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per week and prohibit contact practices during the off-season. The restrictions, which take effect January 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.

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My Brother’s Keeper initiative gets over $100 million boost

Six months since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper — the president’s effort to address the state of young minority men — Obama announced new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million, including many high school outreach programs.

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STAR Center announces two social awareness programs

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center launched two new programs for children who would benefit from therapeutic activities geared to improve social cognition and awareness.

New assistant superintendent chosen for Illinois district

Community Consolidated School District 181 has imported another superintendent from the Troy Community Consolidated School District. Former Troy Director of Operations Ken Surma has accepted a position at District 181 as its assistant superintendent of information services and operations. He will rejoin District 181's Superintendent Don White, who was the Troy superintendent until resigning in May.

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How tests make us smarter

Tests have a bad reputation in education circles these days. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

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