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Deep racial divide in Oakland schools’ attendance rates

The first detailed look at attendance in Oakland schools shows a deep racial divide between students in class and habitual no-shows, a pattern reflected in grades, test scores and graduation rates.

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Fewer Massachusetts schools earn top state rating

The number of Massachusetts public schools securing the top spot under the state’s rating system has dropped significantly, as schools in well-to-do suburbs such as Andover, Newton, and Winchester see their coveted top rankings disappear.

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InsureMyTrip launches education site for academic travel

InsureMyTrip for Education, a new website featuring trip cancellation plans geared toward K12 and higher education travel, has been launched by InsureMyTrip and underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The Academic Explorer products provide financial protection for both domestic and international education trips.

$2B bond act may help bridge digital divide in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a plan, backed by the state Legislature, that would let New York borrow $2 billion for technology for classrooms and high-tech security on public school campuses, as well as permanent classrooms for prekindergarten students and those now taught in temporary trailer classrooms.

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With climbing Texas graduation rates come renewed doubts

A decade ago, Texas was often cited as an example of the ills that contributed to a national high school graduation crisis. 

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Parent sues Ohio schools to end classes during teacher strike

A Reynoldsburg parent has filed a lawsuit against the school board and Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning, asking the court to order officials to close the district’s schools until striking teachers return to work.

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Big, inconsistent classes at Philadelphia schools

Oversize classes are not unheard of at the beginning of the year in Philadelphia, where student mobility often makes planning tough. But in the past, the school system was able to hire more staff to ease crowding.

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Massachusetts urges better security at schools, but funds scarce

Massachusetts schools have new guidance on security from a state report out this summer that recommended monitored entrances, classroom door locks, and other security measures, but money is scarce to retrofit existing buildings, local school officials say.

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Minnesota high schools take action to curb violence

The target that the Minnesota State High School League is now requiring all 25,000 coaches in the state to hit is the topic of sexual violence.

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New 3000-lumen portable projectors launched by Canon U.S.A.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced five portable projectors utilizing DLP BrilliantColor display technology to deliver 3000 lumens, a 2300:1 contrast ratio, filter-free operation, and up to 6,000 hours of lamp life when in Economy mode.