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Three Buffalo-area districts face significant fiscal stress

Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.

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Bill seeks high-school credits for church classes

Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.

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Massachusetts governor to create school safety task force

Gov. Deval Patrick is creating a new task force on school safety and security that will develop recommendations to help schools prepare and update safety plans and draft school-based training and exercise programs.

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New York Schools chancellor honed blunt style over 40 years

Carmen Fariña was known for her meticulous demands. It was the early 1990s, and Ms. Fariña, a hard-charging educator with an irrepressible Brooklyn accent, was on a mission to shake up Public School 6 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, already one of the most prestigious in New York City.

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Online sales tax would help fund Idaho education

During a joint meeting of Idaho's House and Senate Education Committees, there was a pitch that improvements and restoration in education funding could be helped by collecting an online sales tax.

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Study: People associate education with lighter skin

Reading an academic paper on racism is like reading an alien's take on the human species. In their summary of the way humans think, these aliens describe racism as "phenotypic features associated with the social categorization of racial groups [that] have been strongly linked to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination."

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Atlanta senator files resolution on education budget

A day after denouncing the education proposals of Gov. Nathan Deal, Democratic challenger and state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta, filed a resolution to make permanent his proposal to prioritize education spending statewide.

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First lady turns focus on education

Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday. The first lady hosted a group of approximately 60 education stakeholders for a White House screening of the film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” The film, which is described as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx," was produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

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After New Mexico school shooting, teachers become counselors

New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopened yesterday, even though many who return have no idea why a preteen may have taken a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them. And teachers have the task of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.

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Media literacy promising for anti-smoking education

Teaching teens to see through pro-tobacco messages in the media may be better at preventing youth smoking than just saying no, according to new research.

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