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Planned education rally angers lawmakers

Two state lawmakers are chastising Oklahoma school districts that are planning to give teachers and students a day off so they can lobby for more education funding at the state Capitol.

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Connecticut Gov. Malloy pushes education at State of the State

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.

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Texan pays off students’ school lunch debts

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.

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Maryland gubernatorial candidate supports school construction push

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, seeking Democratic nomination, says the portable classrooms, leaky roofs and inadequate bathrooms cited as issues at many aging schools are not hallmarks of the best education system in the nation, but rather symbols of a system that serves some and not others.

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Fast-growing Seattle-area school districts seek more money from voters

Two big Eastside school districts with swelling enrollments — Bellevue and Lake Washington — are seeking well over $1 billion between them on next week’s special ballot to build new schools.

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Miami-Dade Schools tax collections could fall $60 million short — again

To brace for the shortfall, the $4 billion school district is putting aside spare dollars and closely watching monthly collections. For instance, an item that saves $18 million by reducing spending and transferring costs is included on next week’s School Board agenda.

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South Dakota delays multistate science education standards

After working with 26 other states to create common standards for K-12 science education, South Dakota has decided against adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. State's education secretary says teachers should write a different set of standards for the state.

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Schools reprioritize playtime to boost concentration and teach social skills

As schools days grow longer, so do the academic burdens being imposed on students. But, at the same time, school systems are cutting back on the arts, physical education and even recess. Some researchers say that is counterproductive, depriving students of exercise that can help them learn.

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Education official argues against Maryland school assessment cancellation

Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for -- and skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars, the state's chief academic officer says.

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Lawsuit targets Rocketship charter schools in San Jose-area

In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts have filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the approval of 20 Rocketship schools and prevent the county school board from granting similar requests.

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