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School leaders would like to see less testing in Virginia classrooms

The 20-year model that Virginia has used for public education and keeping schools accountable is ready for a make-over according to the Virginia Association of School Superintendents' new blueprint for the future of public education. One part of the makeover, that might make students happy, was less testing.

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Concealed carry in schools bill is back in North Dakota House

North Dakota lawmakers have again introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a Class 1 concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in a school, so long as they have the permission of that school's governing body.

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Pulaski schools consider referendum for student iPads

Pulaski School District officials may ask to borrow funds to buy students their own tablet computers to use for classroom projects and homework. An April referendum is being considered to borrow nearly $700,000 in each of the next four years to pay for iPads for all students as part of a 1-to-1 technology program.

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Less standardized testing in school recommended by state schools leader

Ohio schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross has recommended reducing the average amount of time students spend taking standardized tests by nearly 20 percent. The reduction would ensure students in each grade spend no more than 2 percent of the school year taking standardized tests.

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Ohio school tip line already helped prevent tragedies

A new statewide anonymous tip line for schools has been credited with identifying 25 real threats and has expanded to 821 school districts in the state as of this week. The tip line accepts calls or texts and is answered by trained analysts in the Ohio Department of Homeland Security's Threat Assessment and Prevent Unit.

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Skipping school for vacation: good for families, or bad for students?

The decision to take a child out of school is complicated, and no matter how well planned, school absences are disruptive. Most teachers cede that while family time is important, resulting absences do create an undue and possibly unfair burden on teachers.

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Nevada needs plan to start school construction this year

Whatever achievement initiatives the state proposes, and whatever pitches are made to bring in more companies, they will have less benefit if the only places to pile new students are in crowded schools on year-round schedules. The state needs to enact multiple ways to start new school construction this year.

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Georgia may offer new math courses using old-school approach

Educators, parents and school leaders have been vocal about their opposition to the state’s current “integrated” approach to math, which blends three disciplines such as geometry, algebra and data probability in one course. In response, the state developed new courses using the old-school, single discipline approach.

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Oakload district to expand restorative justice programs to all 86 schools

A 10-year restorative justice experiment in the California city's schools will be expanded to all 86 schools in five years. At the 27 schools that now use alternatives to traditional discipline responses, officials cite a drop in suspensions and chronic absenteeism and an increase in graduation rates.

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State approves $34 million for new school

Plans to replace a Worcester County elementary school entered a new phase after the state school building authority approved funding for the project. The Massachusetts School Building Authority's funding represents 80 percent of the expected cost.

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