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Start effective sex education before college

Sex education designed to intimidate students into complying with a set of rules and morals is destined to fail. An honest, informative approach to sex education needs to be instituted at an earlier age in order to adequately prepare young people to make informed decisions in college.

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More money to prepare Alabama students for growing construction industry

Alabama contractors, in looking for skilled workers, are interested in building the industry from the ground up by starting to work with high school students. Additional funding is now available for high school programs to give students on the job training.

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The Business Of: Food Services

For some districts, the best way to please students and thereby increase participation is to maintain total control and keep all food service operations in-house. But some districts find outsourcing necessary to save money.

Georgia city system to borrow $18 million

Decatur's board voted to borrow $18 million for school construction projects. Under the proposed certificates of participation (COPS) financing agreement, the system would transfer title for three elementary schools to the Georgia Municipal Association and then sign a lease agreement to use the buildings.

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Shifting the power balance

In many states, the negotiation process between school districts and teachers unions is changing as new legislation gives administrators more freedom to pass reforms without collective bargaining.

Schools, not recreation centers, make communities desirable

The secret to a strong neighborhood and community does not start with a recreation or events center. It starts with great schools. If a city and county are going to spend money to make the community great, they should get serious about making their school districts the best in the state.

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Voucher plan short on private school partners, study finds

If Tennessee adopts a new school voucher program, the question arises whether enough private schools will participate to feed the demand envisioned by lawmakers. An ongoing market analysis sponsored by the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development suggests a severe shortage in seats.

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College prep conundrum

Experts are divided on whether colleges are exercising more caution about awarding the tuition-saving credit that has been a major selling point for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

School budget proposal clears hurdle in Colorado

A $500 million package cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature. The two bills awaiting a final vote aim to use the improving tax collections to backfill K12 budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charters more funding and help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

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