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Mascots by any other name

Mascots with names like the Orientals and the Redskins will no longer be cheering on student athletes in some schools. Districts across the county are coming under fire from civil rights groups for perpetuating negative cultural stereotypes that could impact students’ view of a diverse society.

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Nation's most segregated schools are in New York, not deep south

The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south–they're in New York, according to a report released by the University of California, Los Angeles' Civil Rights Project. In particular, 19 out of New York City's 32 Community School Districts had 10 percent or fewer white students in 2010.

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Building an effective school board

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues. It also suggests the makeup of local school boards can have a measurable effect on student achievement.

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New Florida writing test will use computers to grade student essays

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer.

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Three new innovative high schools opening doors in Philadelphia

North Philadelphia will be home to three new high schools in September. The schools are expected to add a grade each year and eventually enroll 475-600 students. The non-selective schools will follow the project/competency-based education model.

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Networked security cameras unveiled for all Baltimore elementary schools

Baltimore County invested $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system in 107 elementary schools to make security footage available in real time to county police and the county's Department of School Safety and Security. All 173 county schools were outfitted with a baseline of security devices in 2013.

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Kansas funding of full-day kindergarten not advancing

With the legislature focused on following the Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering legislators to restore funding that helps poor districts, the proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten will most likely not advance during the current session.

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Florida’s system of grading schools heading for potential overhaul

Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system. The proposal would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

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Florida district implements Performance Matters system

Brevard Public Schools has purchased Performance Matters' system to manage data and develop, administer and score online assessments. The district plans to conduct training this spring and summer, and launch the system in the fall.

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