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Number of Snow Days Worries Rural Minn. Districts Over Testing

The words "snow day" may be one of the sweetest combinations any student can hear, but they cause major headaches for school administrators. During this year's tough winter, many rural Minnesota school districts repeatedly cancelled school.

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Parents Back Bill to Let Fla. Schools Stock EpiPens

Tom Bohacek has an EpiPen at his Tampa preschool in case he accidentally eats a peanut product. Not all Florida children are that lucky.

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Guns in Ind. Schools Likely to be Optional

Lawmakers are likely to scale back controversial legislation Tuesday that would have made Indiana the first state in the nation to require every public school to have an armed staff member or security guard.

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Slightly Fewer Children Eligible for Gifted Classes in N.Y.

The number of children qualifying for seats in gifted programs in New York City public schools declined slightly this year after the Department of Education overhauled its admissions process in part to combat a recent explosion in eligibility.

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Revised Portland (Maine) Budget Cuts Additional Jobs

The School Board Finance Committee last week cut another $1.5 million from the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. The reduction would eliminate more jobs, add staff furlough days, hike employee health-insurance costs and further reduce spending for equipment and supplies.

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Early College Hopefuls

Along his block in Newark’s West Ward, where drugs are endemic and the young residents talk about shootings with alarming nonchalance, Najee Little is known as the smart kid. He got all A’s his sophomore year, breezing through math and awing his English teachers.

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Racist? No.

The debate over Chicago school closings has taken an ugly turn in recent weeks with the charge that city and school leaders are motivated not by economics, not by education needs, but by racism.

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Left-of-Center Reformers: Join the Voucher Movement Today

Andy Rotherham deserves respect as one of the most thoughtful proponents of education reform, as well as an impressive institution-builder.

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N.J. High School Allowed Students to Graduate Despite Excessive Absences

Princeton High School allowed a "significant" number of students to graduate over a four-year period despite their excessive absences, and in some cases could not provide documentation to justify the waiving of attendance requirements, a state investigation concluded.

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ASA, NCTM Call for Increased Training for Pre-K—12 Statistics Teachers

The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are calling on school administrators across the country to provide high-quality training and professional-development opportunities that will help prepare future and current teachers to lead classes on statistics.

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