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As poverty rises, 35 schools in Iowa district give free meals to all

Officials have determined that most students at 35 of Des Moines' schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the free breakfast and lunch service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it. District leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs.

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Maryland school board approves discipline guidelines

The Maryland state school board voted this week to distribute a set of discipline guidelines intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero tolerance policies. In many instances, the guidelines call for a more nuanced approach to discipline than has been used in some schools throughout the state.

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What's next in educational tech?

There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. It seems that a lot of faith is being placed in the technology that will soon arrive in K12 and college classrooms and on campuses - but what is actually being created?

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Tynker launches new app to build customized apps

Tynker has expanded its Tynker platform to enable kids to use the Tynker app on iPad and Android tablets to build customized apps, including games, animations and interactive stories and puzzles.

Arizona struggles with few established teachers

Arizona has been grappling with a shortage of established teachers in public schools across the state. Large numbers of new teachers and teachers getting ready to retire have left a gap of experienced classroom instructors.

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Philadelphia district hoping for viable school makeover plans

The Pennsylvania district is inviting principals and teachers to present their own instructional ideas to overhaul Philadelphia schools. Up to ten schools will be revamped under the city's School Redesign Initiative.

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As high school lacrosse surges in popularity, so does injury focus

Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.  Researchers analyzed a database of reports compiled by athletic trainers at high schools across the country. Boys lacrosse has injury rates very similar to football and hockey, while injuries in girls lacrosse are in line with those for soccer, basketball and field hockey.

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School quality linked to teen health

Successful high schools don’t just mean higher academic achievement, a new study finds. They may also mean healthier behaviors among teens. The study compared students from highly rated charter high schools with those from regular public high schools—all located in low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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Missouri board restores transfer rights for certain Normandy students

The rules concerning Normandy transfer students changed once again this week, with the Missouri Board of Education allowing some students to remain in their new schools after telling them in June they couldn’t stay.

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Longer school days don't always lead to better performance

Low-achieving school systems around the country are moving towards longer school days, in hopes of better test scores. But the extended day experiment, largely supported by federal money, doesn't always work, The Hechinger Report finds.

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