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Oregon's high school students deserve full schedules

Last week, the Oregon Board of Education took a courageous step: By the 2018-19 school year, all schools must hand out a full schedule to at least four in five students. Sadly, a part-time high school schedule is not uncommon in Oregon.

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Increases for Wisconsin's rural districts not enough, officials say

As Gov. Scott Walker is set to propose a $19 million increase in money for rural schools, education officials believe it doesn't go far enough to help struggling districts in less populated parts of the state.

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South Dakota school might side-step consolidation

State legislators gave initial approval to a proposal that would allow districts that are not a full K12 to continue operating if the enrollment per grade is proportionate to 100 for K12. The first beneficiary would be the Big Stone City's K8 school.

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USDA report shows Wisconsin schools could buy more local milk

Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms but could do better in buying local dairy products, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The census also shows 59 percent of the 315 districts that responded are involved in the Farm to School program.

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Ill. threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to pull as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts that don't administer the new PARCC assessment exam to students.

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Dropout age increased to 18 in Kentucky

The boards of education in all 173 school districts have approved a policy raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Kentucky Department of Education provided each district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

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Closing the math gap for boys

After just a single year in Chicago’s intensive math tutoring and mentoring program, known as Match, participants who were up to 10 years behind in math ended up as much as two years ahead of students in a control group who didn’t get this help.

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It will take more than money to improve Idaho's schools

Idaho's State Board of Education is proposing to change significantly the way Idaho pays and evaluates teachers. Their proposal will markedly increase cost. But will their proposals actually make things better?

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Be a source for our social media story

More districts are monitoring students’ social media activity or contracting with third parties to spot posts in which students threaten others or themselves. DA would like to interview administrators and experts about the effectiveness and challenges of monitoring social media. To be a source, please follow the link to contact us.

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Hmong dual-language programs preserve culture

educators think of Spanish. But dual-language programs taught in less-common tongues can help families preserve their cultural identities as new generations are born in the United States. One example is the Hmong, an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

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