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Should students miss school to attend religious classes?

Cazenovia parents in New York are questioning the need for the decades-old practice of letting children out of school to attend weekly religious education classes. In addition to being unfair to the children left behind with no enrichment activities, they say it is unnecessary with religious programs offered during non-school times.

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West Virginia standardized test scores drop

More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores. Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 failed to show proficiency in math.

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Seattle School District seeks playground space for more portables

One Seattle elementary school could end up losing part of its playground for more portables to add more instructional space if the district's zoning change request is approved. The Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning group objects to the proposed 45 percent building lot coverage and the reduced available play space for students.

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New multimillion mentorship initiative announced in Ohio

Ohio education officials are offering up $10 million for a new school mentorship program. Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's public schools and giving more students access to role models.

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ETS launches Georgia's teacher leadership assessment

ETS recently launched the GACE Teacher Leadership assessment, which measures the leadership roles that teachers play in contributing to student and school success. Its six task-specific rubrics address specific standards within the Georgia Teacher Leadership Program Standards.

N.C. education department used conservative-backed group for history lessons

State high school social studies teachers would be encouraged to use curriculum materials prepared by an institute funded by the conservative Koch family, under a Department of Public Instruction proposal. The Bill of Rights Institute had a sole-source contract to help develop materials for teachers to use in a required founding principles course.

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Suspending kids doesn’t fix bad behavior; Wash. district look for answers

Instead of the old, zero-tolerance approach to violence in schools, Kent School District principals now have more discretion to weigh the factors behind kids’ behavior. School-safety officers act as mediators rather than just security guards. And many of the violations that once sent teenagers home get addressed through in-school suspension.

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Reserve cap puts California school districts at serious risk

California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?

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Partnership signed between Generation Ready and LDC

Generation Ready, a professional learning and school improvement service provider, has signed a national partnership with Literacy Design Collaborative, a national community of professional educators that delivers tools and resources to help students with the Common Core State Standards.

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DA Daily is breaking for the holidays

DA Daily is taking a few days off for the holidays. Today's DA Daily will be the last edition of 2014, and we will return with the new year on Jan. 5.