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Homelessness on the rise among school-age children

New Education Department statistics say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. School districts reported that nearly 76,000 of these students were living on their own.

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Inconsistency in school test standards is not good for anyone

There’s nothing wrong with demanding accountability and higher standards, but inconsistency in the tools used to measure them doesn’t do anyone any good. Nor does excessive delays in reporting the measures, especially in this era of electronic, digital, high-tech testing and analytics.

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Report cards don't tell school's whole story

As an educational tool, Wisconsin's report cards for public schools can be educational for schools to spur improvement — but not everything that's important about a school or school district. Beware of any attempts by legislators or others to attach higher stakes to them, such as a loss of state funding or a loss of local control.

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The myth about public schools

The truth is, today's young people do need more, or at least different, kinds of training and education to succeed in the global marketplace for talent. And plenty of policy changes could help improve outcomes for our most disadvantaged students. In the meantime, let's stop denying the measurable progress that U.S. schools have made in the last half-century.

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New York to survey all 700 school districts on anti-bullying initiatives

The state will survey more than 700 school districts to determine how they are implementing New York's anti-bullying and harassment law. The survey will ask for information on steps and actions the districts have taken to implement core provisions of the Dignity for all Students Act.

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Tech platform helps manage high school academics and college prep

Campus Steps, a new free platform for students, parents and counselors, hosts multiple online and mobile ready apps to allow students to keep tabs of their academics, search colleges, apply for colleges and communicate with their counselor. The company is being incubated by Campus Explorer in partnership with developers from Learning Core.

Cupcake Digital releases enhanced storybook app

Cupcake Digital, Inc. launched Wubbzy’s Racecar, an enhanced storybook app featuring the character Wubbzy from Nick Jr.' Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! television series.

Copilot Family launches app to guide the use of technology for children

Copilot Family, a parental control for mobile devices, was launched for iOS and Android devices. Now available in the App Store and Google Play, the app is a tool for parents to remotely guide their children’s experience on smartphones and tablets.

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Common Core US history standards attacked in SC

The opponents, led by Sherri Few, who finished third in this year's Republican primary for education superintendent, will bring their complaints to the state Education Oversight Committee on Monday.

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Spending cuts to education and nutrition will hurt kids

A new report Thursday found that only 2% of the projected increase in federal spending over the next decade will be dedicated to programs benefiting children.

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