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Thousands of preschool students face suspension

Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools — and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.

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Failure of Virginia's public schools is no longer an option

The use of best practices within classrooms provides the path toward high-quality instruction and, just as important, ensures the joy in learning that all students deserve. Whether or not Virginia’s Opportunity Education Institution board retains the privilege of leading this effort remains to be seen.

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A child well-being model of school reform

Instead of tackling symptoms like low achievement, we need to focus on enriching school life for optimal development. A school culture that is safe for teachers is one that cultivates successful and healthy children.

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Delaware will "forgive" up to six snow days

State leaders have approved requests from school districts to "forgive" some required class time. The Delaware Board of Education waived the need to make up six days when states of emergency were declared or state offices were closed.

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Catholic officials object to Chicago's testing for top public high schools

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city’s Catholic Schools sent to the district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Ohio county superintendent to retire at end of 2014

Kent Houston, Conneaut Area City Schools superintendent, will resign his position due to retirement at the end of 2014. Houston was hired as superintendent in July 2008.

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New superintendent for Washington's Quincy School District

John Boyd will begin in July as the superintendent overseeing 2,700 Quincy School District students. He will succeed Superintendent Burton Dickerson, who is retiring. Boyd is currently the executive director of instructional leadership at Burien's Highline School District.

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Alaskan panel advances bill to end high school exit exam

The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.

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Arkansas Board of Ed approves snow day waivers

The Arkansas Board of Education's vote allows waivers for 75 school districts to make up some of their missed days but skip others. The districts canceled between 12 and 23 days over the winter.

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Mayors conference urges FCC to modernize E-Rate program

The bipartisan leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors, representing more than 1,000 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, called on the FCC to take swift action to modernize the E-Rate program to bring high-speed broadband to every school and library and Wi-Fi to every classroom.

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