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Using the schools as leverage for neighborhoods

The planning is underway in Baltimore's $1 billion-plus, decade-long effort to bring public schools into the 21st century—in fact, there's a design expo at Morgan State University this weekend—which means we have entered a seminal period in the city's history.

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Real-world skills in the classroom

It’s not about time; it’s about relevance. Each year, nearly one in four American teenagers drops out of high school. Twenty other countries now have higher high-school graduation rates.

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Pa. district appeals breast cancer bracelet ban reversal

The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 to appeal a federal appeals court's decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are lewd and should be banned from school.

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N.J. district cancels testing after exams are leaked on the internet

Testing of public school students in a New York City suburb was canceled on Monday after someone anonymously posted several of the exams on a public website. The breach of test security in the Montclair, N.J., school district was discovered by a parent on Friday. Only teachers and senior staff have password access to the secure web portal.

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Illinois grade school test scores plunge—especially in poor communities

The push to toughen state exams for Illinois grade school students triggered widespread drops in 2013 scores, with hundreds of schools in some of the state's poorest communities seeing performances plunge.

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Americans doubt the rigor and quality of online education

A new Gallup poll released on Tuesday found that, although the majority of Americans say the value and format of online education are equal to or better than traditional education, many still doubt its quality.

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Arizona's wealthier schools attract more athletic talent due to open enrollment

Money has influenced — and in some ways defined — high-school sports in Arizona.

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Revamped safety report for Trenton, N.J. schools logs more violent incidents, offers clearer picture

The district has begun including all fights and other violent incidents at schools in its annual safety report, producing a much higher count but giving teachers and administrators a more useful tool as they monitor trends, adjust their disciplinary response and seek to prevent incidents among students, officials said.

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Tennssee parents challenge move of special education student from Normal Park Museum Magnet School

At issue is school officials' proposal last year to move her son from a general education class at Normal Park to a comprehensive development classroom, or CDC, a separate special education classroom for students with more intense needs at Red Bank Elementary.

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Pennsylvania Public Schools may soon be required to display words 'In God We Trust'

A Pennsylvania bill that would require the state’s schools to display the phrasepassed the House Education Committee last week in a 14-to-9 vote, according to Fox News. While proponents of the bill say it would serve to honor a national motto, others say it would violate the separation of church and state.

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