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Michigan district ban guns in schools with new policies

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

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E-cigarette use triples among teens

E-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate rose from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product.

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BluePoint introduces rapid emergency response system

Rapid Emergency Response System is specifically designed to speed the response times of law enforcement and first responders and notify building occupants when life-threatening incidents occur within schools and other facilities.

Bartlett City Schools selects InfoSnap

The Tennessee district will implement an online student registration solution from InfoSnap with Spanish translation. PowerSchool will streamline the school system's data collection for new and annual student registration.

After revising No Child Left Behind, then what?

A new national policy must aim directly at improving classroom teaching and learning. Curriculum must be more demanding, and a fair amount of money should support every student regardless of the property wealth of school districts.

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Califone upgrades wireless PA system

Califone International LLC has upgraded its portable PA419-02 wireless speaker with new wireless capabilities.

Let's ease licensure path for out-of-state teachers

When professional, proven educators learn they’ll have to return to school, pay thousands of dollars in tuition and even student teach to become licensed in Minnesota, it’s not surprising that many teachers choose not to come to the state. Legislators need to establish more fair and transparent pathways to licensure for out-of-state teachers.

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Don't let American history get left behind in Mass. schools

It’s said what isn’t tested isn’t taught. Since the decision to postpone instituting passage of the U.S. history test as a high school graduation requirement, entire middle school social studies departments have been eliminated and history courses are being taught by English, math and science teachers.

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'Parent trigger' school bill clears Texas Senate

The state Senate passed a controversial policy that would allow parents of students at underperforming public schools to demand fixes from the state commissioner of education, including hiring new staff, contracting with a charter school operator to take over management or closing the school altogether.

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Calif. vaccine bill stalls as parents worry about keeping kids in school

Bowing to concerns from parents and lawmakers that children would be denied an education to which they are constitutionally entitled, a state senator delayed a vote on a bill requiring most California parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of enrolling them in private or public schools.

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