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Central American wave of unaccompanied children tests schools

Public schools are returning from summer break to face a challenge: integrating and paying for the influx of children who have streamed across the Mexican border this year. Because the children generally lack English skills, have often received limited schooling and may have suffered emotional trauma, they present schools with a host of needs that could strain resources.

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Opinion: Online assessment—Breaking away from ‘bubble sheets’

Proponents say online assessment is the wave of the future. Opponents say teachers and students aren’t ready. Students from poverty may be at a disadvantage, they argue. I would counter that school should be the place that levels the playing field.

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Four-day week will cut absences, superintendent says

Copan Public Schools in northeastern Oklahoma is trying something new to attract teachers and reduce absences: a four-day week. Though some districts have chosen this schedule to lower transportation and utility costs, saving money was not a reason for the change.

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District changes restraint and seclusion policy

Districts that treat students with emotional disabilities with a “one-size-fits-all” behavioral approach across the system must change their policies, according to federal findings in a case against the Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia.

Growing STEM talent requires early start

The Ohio region needs to grow its own students who are interested in and successful in STEM fields. The effort needs to start much earlier for students – in elementary school.

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School violence and gun-related injuries rank among top concerns

U.S. lawmakers may have moved on from the gun control debate that ensued after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, but a new poll found that adults still rank school violence and gun-related injuries among their top concerns for children.

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No Child Left Behind Act needs an overhaul

Everyone has acknowledged for years that No Child Left Behind, which required that 100 percent of students meet academic standards by 2014, had created an impossible goal, and needed an overhaul. But Congress is too dysfunctional to do that.

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Charter school policy meant to promote transparency

Charter schools in Nashville will soon be expected to make their financial documents — including a disclosure of private funds — available for the city to publish online as part of a new set of measures aimed at fiscal transparency.

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PresenceLearning resource focuses on blended learning and special education

PresenceLearning has added, “Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications” to its online resource library. Based on a webinar featuring Tom Vander Ark, Maria Carr and Robin Wise, the free download outlines how properly executed blended learning models can positively impact special education students.

L.A. Unified students return to school with more teachers on the job

More than 650,000 Los Angeles Unified students went back to school, supported by the largest funding boost in seven years for nearly 1,600 new teachers, counselors, nurses, library aides and principals.

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