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Poll: Most Nevadans support state's school choice program

Sixty-one percent of Nevadans support the state's groundbreaking yet controversial school choice program, with only 21 percent opposed. The education savings accounts allow a family to apply 90 percent of their per-pupil education funding toward private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, school transportation and other educational needs.

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1400-page report on Marysville school shooting can't nail down motive

A multiagency team of more than 30 police detectives that investigated the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting could not determine a definitive reason behind the deadly spree.

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Fresno USD under federal investigation for no-bid construction contract

The California district is under investigation over how it handled a $37 million contract to build a middle school. The contract in question has been disputed by Fresno contractor who alleged that Fresno USD used the “leaseback” method to avoid the traditional competitive bid process and guarantee the project go to a specific construction company.

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Cost of school construction projects doubles in N.C. district

Moore County Schools’ 10-year, 10-project master construction plan has more than doubled in cost since it was rolled out last year. Originally approved for $110 million, inflation costs within the construction industry have now driven the price to $237 million.

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Pa. school says kids can't wear body piercings, all black clothing

Younger students in the Shamokin Area School District will not be allowed to have tongue, nose and lip rings or studs this school year. The same restrictions will apply next year in grades 7 through 12, according to a dress code revision adopted by the school board this summer.

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Philly, others should adopt K14 school model

Students can no longer sit down after graduation and apply for jobs from the classified section. They need career training long before they receive their diplomas. The K14 model does exactly that. With technical education, experience in the workplace, and mentors in their chosen field, these young people gain a solid career footing.

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School grades highlight success and struggles in CMS and North Carolina

From graduation rates that are strong and rising to reading scores stalled at dismal levels, North Carolina’s annual report on school performance data brought mixed news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). This year, 12 percent of the district's schools earned an A or A+ grade, twice the statewide average percentage. Yet test scores indicate that roughly half of its high school students lack college-ready skills.

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National poll supports public school choice and reduced reliance on testing

A new poll of public and public school parents reports widespread concerns about an overemphasis on tests, mixed views on “opting out” of testing and strong support for public school choice. About two-thirds think there is an overemphasis on standardized tests. The majority of African-American and Hispanic responders would not excuse their children from testing.

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Standardized testing cripples educational goals

Standardized testing does not test a student’s intelligence so much as it tests their ability to adhere to the status quo and think inside the box. Because of this, students who excel at thinking and learning in more abstract ways are punished.

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Louisiana district approves using BP money for construction

The Terrebonne Parish School Board decided to use $7.7 million in proceeds from the BP oil spill settlement on future construction projects. The money can be used for both new construction and renovations.

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