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A tale of two Boston schools

In a struggling neighborhood filled with kids from struggling families, two of the city’s worst-performing schools are on diverging paths. Orchard Gardens, the turnaround success, gets all the press. The Higginson/Lewis gets whatever’s left over.

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Regionalizing New Jersey schools can reshape education

With a “yes” vote for regionalization, the voters of South Hunterdon will create a more sustainable school district and more options for the way we provide and fund education in New Jersey.

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Some schools quitting healthier lunch programs

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

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Student ticketing outlawed in Texas schools

Two new similar Texas laws go into effect next week that stop campus police from writing tickets to any student under the age of 17. The intent is for Texas schools to handle the students first using their own code of conduct instead of issuing them a ticket for a Class C misdemeanor for things like fighting, drugs, or disrupting class.

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A proposal for five all-girl tech schools in NYC

To close the gender gap in city science classrooms, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would create five new science schools exclusively for girls.

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Chicago opens new school year: Will it be less testy than the last?

With 48 schools closed (and two more set to close), some 12,000 students had to find their way to new schools, sometimes through dangerous neighborhoods. Budget cuts and controversy over teacher evaluations loom, but the top concern is safety of students in transit.

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Pinellas County (Fla.) schools say cheerleading uniforms are dress code violations

Several Pinellas County schools are restricting or banning their own cheerleading uniforms during classroom hours amid a broader crackdown on the student dress code.

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Seattle teachers reject schools’ contract proposal

Seattle teachers voted Monday against accepting a contract proposal that their leaders had encouraged them to reject.

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At charter schools, short careers by choice

As tens of millions of pupils across the country begin their school year, charter networks are developing what amounts to a youth cult in which teaching for two to five years is seen as acceptable and, at times, even desirable.

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