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Magnet schools make a comeback

Magnet schools have made a big comeback in America’s education system, offering curricula that span the spectrum—from medicine to the arts to language immersion. The revitalized programs provide plenty of hands-on experience, while the academic themes are infused into traditional classes such as math and English.

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State laws unclear when families opt out of tests

Many state education departments remain silent on how districts should handle parent requests for opting students out of PARCC or Smarter Balanced testing. Some states allow families to opt out for religious or disability reasons, while others mandate assessments but have no consequences for non-participation.

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Slideshow: Students learn to rebuild history

New York City students are getting a taste of carpentry and other trades through a partnership with the National Park Service focused on refurbishing historical buildings.

Iowa Legislature needs to approve anti-bullying bill

While previous efforts have died in the Legislature, bipartisan support for substantive anti-bullying legislation is looking better this year. Developing strategies to wipe out bullying is one important step in getting our youths through an intense stage of their lives. We all need to invest in this endeavor.

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Education spending a civil rights issue

The disparities that exist in school discipline policy disproportionately impact students of color, children with disabilities and LGBTQ youth. Yet the federal government continues to offer funding to states to place police officers in schools while providing proportionately less funding to implement alternative positive discipline practices.

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Edgenuity launches suite of new courses

New health and physical education courses from cFitness Academy are being offered through Edgenuity’s Instructional Services. Online and blended physical education, health and career options for students in grades K12 are provided.

Los Angeles Kings launch high school hockey league

The professional hockey club is creating a high school hockey league, which will play its inaugural season in 2015-16. Current Kings broadcaster and former player Jim Fox will serve as the league’s commissioner. The Kings will also subsidize helmets, jerseys and practice jerseys free of charge.

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Most Californians believe breakfast during the school day is important

A new statewide poll found that two-thirds of California registered voters surveyed supported a proposal to require school campuses to serve breakfast during class hours rather than before. Three-fourths favored using existing federal funds to pay for the meals.

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Senate panel proposes phase-in of school funding shifts

Indiana Senate budget leaders proposed that shifts to local school funding be phased in over five years in order to lessen cuts that many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments have faced. The Senate committee's $31.5 billion plan includes 2.3 percent increases in school funding in both budget years.

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Redwood City schools select new superintendent

The California school district board has tapped John Baker to replace retiring Superintendent Jan Christensen. Baker joined the district more than 30 years ago and is currently deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

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