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Rural educators rely on guns to protect schools

Superintendents in rural districts across America are increasingly making the controversial choice to carry a concealed weapon at school, in order to protect students from potential threats.

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Neuroscience unleashes students' brain power

Educational neuroscience empowers teachers with new insights into how all students learn and holds promise for enhancing special ed, but myths and exaggerations sprouting up around the burgeoning field could lead to children being labeled, which could limit their abilities, experts say.

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Lawsuit questions district's handling of trauma

A first-of-its kind class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of five students and three teachers against Compton USD in California alleges the district does not adequately address the impact of childhood trauma on learning.

Partnership formed to re-engage Ohio high school students

Smart Horizons Career Online Education is teaming up with Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Ohio to re-engage struggling learners by redesigning the classroom to use blended learning practices and offer students various AdvancED/SACS accredited workforce certificates.

Texas district to implement solutions to increase data access and security

Leander ISD has signed an agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. covering software licenses, related professional services, maintenance and support. In addition to using Tyler's Munis enterprise resource planning system, the district will integrate Tyler Content Manager and Tyler Pulse products.

Education reform policy misunderstands human motivation

Intrinsic motivation is more powerful, long lasting and important. But it steadily declines by ninth grade as students and teachers are being subjected to increasingly punitive extrinsic structures. Even those learning activities that were initially stimulated by intrinsic motivation will weaken after they have been exposed to extrinsic structures.

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Charter schools replace students, but do so less after third grade

New York City charter school seats that open up in older grades sometimes go unfilled, according to new data from the Independent Budget Office. The report reaffirms that the city's charter schools still lag behind district schools in serving both English language learners and students with disabilities, although they continue to serve larger shares of black and Hispanic students.

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Alabama charter school laws focus of upcoming NAACP forum

The NAACP's Mobile branch will hold its first of three planned discussions on Alabama's new charter school laws, focusing on the laws' potential impacts on a variety of topics, including school re-segregation, poverty, low- and high-achieving students, the right to public education and more.

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California should follow Nevada in offering education savings accounts

Nevada has new legislation creating a universal school-choice program that will allow parents to choose the best education for their children. In contrast, California now gives local school districts more leeway to decide what they think is best for children. Unless parents can easily take their children out of failing public schools, don’t expect government to feel enough pressure to improve the system.

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Florida school tax-credit program's impact debated

Advocates of Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship Program are fighting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the program that provides private-school scholarships to students from low-income families. If the program were to shut down, some 70,000 students could enter public schools, creating financial and logistical problems, the program's backers argue.

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