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Alternative to school suspension explored through restorative justice

Oakland USD says new, as-yet unpublished research shows the percentage of students suspended at schools that have fully adopted the restorative justice program has dropped by half, from 34 percent in 2011-12 to just 14 percent in the following two years.

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New Ohio tip line launches to field school threats

The SaferOH tip line, a 24/7 anonymous tip line, will accept calls and texts about suspicious activity 24 hours a day. Officials from more than 200 buildings signed up within the first 24 hours of the free tip line being offered.

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Virtual charter school proposals get OK from N.C. review board

Despite some reservations, plans for two online charter schools received the blessing of a state advisory board. Only two schools applied for the state-mandated slots: North Carolina Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with K12 Inc., and North Carolina Connections Academy, which is with Connections Education.

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High school grads feel unprepared

A new survey released by Achieve found recent high school grads feel unprepared for college and career and wish they’d been better informed about what they needed and encouraged to meet higher expectations.

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Schools hire help to boost lunches' kid appeal

Lunchtime in school cafeterias still faces a tastebud challenge in the third year of federal regulations requiring healthier meals. But while the 2012 federal school nutrition rules may give school administrators heartburn, they've spell opportunity for third-party businesses operating with considerably more resources than most school districts have.

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Flu forces entire Georgia school district to close

The fast-spreading flu in Georgia is forcing Polk County's school system to shut down and start winter break early. With 17 percent of the student body and 16 percent of the teachers out sick, the school superintendent closed all 10 schools on Wednesday.

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Iowans support starting school in September

The decision to enforce current Iowa law by discontinuing the practice of automatically approving waivers granting an early school start date should be applauded. The availability and success of zoos, water recreation, trails, golf courses and other family activities not only are critical, but they also help support tax revenues that, in turn, support our schools.

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Joel Klein’s advice for Mass. education reform

Joel Klein was both change agent and lightning rod during as chancellor of the New York City Schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In order to improve Boston's education system, Klein advises the governor-elect and Boston’s mayor start by lifting charter-school restrictions. But Boston and several other municipalities are bumping up against the charter cap, that would require legislative action.

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Making pre-K teachers better through coaching

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

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How a Montana district's schools learned to save $4 million

The energy efficiency program that debuted in 2007 is paying off for Billings schools and community. Since the program started, energy bills have been 20 percent less than they would have been with no increase in efficiency. Billings Public Schools’ energy conservation shows what’s possible when everyone stays focused on the goal of good stewardship of public money.

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