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Where's my Wi-Fi?

The wireless networks at six high schools in the Madison County Schools in Alabama are now humming at full power after administrators figured out how to prevent a new wave of new smartphones, tablets and other devices from overwhelming bandwidth capacity.

Is It Time to Start School Later?

Teenagers are biologically driven to sleep-in, stay-up-late schedules—routines that make early school mornings challenging for everybody. What if the remedy lies in making adjustments to their daily schedule requirements?

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Project-based learning shown in Nipomo, Calif., students' reenactment

Central Coast New Tech High School's World War I exhibit was the culmination of five weeks of effort, requiring cooperation from ninth- and 10th-grade students in disciplines including biology, mathematics, languages and the arts. Demonstrating the school’s project-based learning philosophy, it included infographics, mock propaganda, poetry written by students and translated into German and plays.

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Oregon science standards require new teacher certification

Oregon recently became the tenth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. However, there is currently no certification in several science areas, and there is little opportunity for teachers to pursue such training in the college programs that exist now in the state.

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N.Y. governor's panel on Common Core proposes key fixes

An 11-member panel of educators, legislators, parents and experts is recommending changes to how New York implements Common Core by scuttling standardized testing earlier than the third grade, limiting time for test preparation and protecting student data by severing ties with "cloud" technology firm inBloom.

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Tenn. House approves bill to allow for-profits to manage charter schools

Legislation that would permit a charter school to be operated by a for-profit entity with the approval of the school's district is advancing in the House. Currently, Tennessee has 69 charter schools, which are publicly financed but operated independently.

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Society tolerates widespread sex abuse in schools

Sex abuse is a frequent occurrence involving public employees in positions of trust and victims forced into their care by mandatory attendance. Congress, governors,the secretary of education, legislators and school boards need to get serious and stop these crimes against youth.

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Virginia superintendent to retire

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, will retire from that post May 1. Wright, a veteran of the state education department, has been serving as the state's schools chief under three governors.

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Philadelphia to give two more schools to charters

Philadelphia's school district plans to designate two additional elementary schools for conversion to charter schools in September. This will be the fifth straight year that failing district schools will be given to charter organizations for turnarounds.

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Next year, finals to be mandatory at all Wichita, Kan., high schools

Administrators have been drafting new finals guidelines for this fall. The plan calls for mandatory final exams in every subject every semester in addition to taking away exemptions that allow students to bypass final exams if they have a certain grade or attendance record.

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