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Complaint filed against former Indiana school superintendent

Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons. The move comes two months after The Associated Press reported Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall.

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Bloomberg issues final letter grades for New York schools

Nothing came to epitomize the era of education reform under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg like the A-through-F letter grades he gave New York’s schools. On Wednesday, the Bloomberg administration released its last batch of grades for more than 1,600 public schools. Across the city, 63 percent of schools received As and Bs, and there were signs that schools were better preparing students for college.

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Company to launch satellite designed and built by high school students

Next week, Orbital Sciences, headquartered in Dulles, Va., will launch a new satellite that has been designed and built by high school students. The satellite, TJCubeSat, was developed and built by students at Alexandria, Va.’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Staff from Orbital Sciences volunteered their time to mentor the students on the project, and provided financial support.

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N.J. ed committee considers $5M 'innovation fund'

The New Jersey Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that provides $5 million to spark innovation in the state’s schools. Introduced by Sen. Teresa Ruiz, (D-Essex), the bill would give $5 million to the N.J. DOE to develop and administer a competitive grant program for schools that want to try new things.

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MRSA infection turns up at Bronx school

A potentially deadly staph infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, better known as MRSA, turned up at a Bronx school, and parents are outraged after education officials failed to inform the public.

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Gilbert school board could block Mesa Apple site

Gilbert Public Schools’ governing board cancelled Wednesday’s meeting during which the board was supposed to vote on joining seven other government agencies in approval of a tax break for Apple, which has planned to open a manufacturing firm in Mesa.

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Longer school days in store for some kids in 5 states

More than 9,000 students are attending select, high-poverty schools in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York that have developed expanded school schedules as part of the TIME Collaborative, or Time for Innovation Matters in Education.

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Police questioning six in Pittsburgh shooting

Police say they've taken six people in for questioning about a shooting that wounded three students outside Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, according to AP. Diane Richard, a spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Police, reportedly said those being questioned are not suspects or necessarily going to be charged.

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After-school activities make educational inequality even worse

It’s not just what happens inside the classroom that determines a child’s status as an adult. Accomplishments outside the classroom can be just as influential. While, a basic public education is, in principle, free to all, activities outside of school are not free, so they largely benefit already advantaged kids.

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Schools safe as ever despite spate of shootings, scares

In the 11 months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., another school attack or safety scare seems to unfold almost weekly. It'd be easy to conclude that school has never been a more dangerous place, but for the U.S.'s 55 million K12 students and 3.7 million teachers, statistics tell another story: Despite two decades of high-profile shootings, school increasingly has become a safer place.

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