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STEAM power takes over Minneapolis Middle School

"We're developing a school forest," explained art teacher Jim Bias, from Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View, Minn. This is one of 25 electives offered this year for Edgewood's new STEAM curriculum.

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West metro integration school district superintendent reinstated

The West Metro (Minn.) Education Program board voted recently without explanation to reinstate Daniel Jett after meeting in a closed session. Allegations against Jett were raised by Kevin Bennett, principal of the small district’s two schools. Now they’ll be forced to work together.

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Olathe (Kan.) school bond package passes overwhelmingly

The Olathe (Kan.) School District will immediately begin planning to build a fifth high school and will enhance security measures at all its schools now that voters have approved a $244.8 million bond package.

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Private school vouchers at center of House budget debate

House lawmakers pushed forward their $20.6 billion budget after more than seven hours of debate recently that was punctuated by a back-and-forth on private-school vouchers where the House speaker took the unusual step of participating.

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Texas district draws complaints for prayer at preschool graduation

A graduation ceremony at a Texas preschool that began with a prayer is drawing criticism from a group advocating for the separation of church and state.

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School’s new culture cuts racial achievement gap

When Principal Donald Lilley was hired nine years ago to improve Annapolis (Md.) High School, he discovered what appeared to be two schools under one roof. “My African-American ninth grade males … I’d say 73 percent, had less than a 2.0 grade point average,” he said, compared to whites that were in Advanced Placement and being accepted into college.

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An education declaration to rebuild America

Americans have long looked to our public schools to provide opportunities for individual advancement, promote social mobility, and share democratic values. We believe good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and that it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few.

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St. Vrain Valley's STEM education filters down to youngest thinkers

Inside IBM's sprawling campus, James Gould gazed at the water coursing through the device he and his colleagues had constructed from the tank of an old carpet cleaner, several clear plastic CD cases, cotton-like quilt batting and lots of duct tape.

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Indiana Gov. Pence appoints four members to state Board of Education

Among several appointments, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence named Dr. David Freitas the Second Congressional appointee. Freitas has served as a school board member, member of the Illinois license board, education official in Massachusetts, and as a dean of a college for more than 20 years.

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A federal battle wages over school standards

Here's a multiple-choice question: If the federal government penalizes states where pupils do badly in school, but lets the states themselves set the pass mark, will the states a) make the tests harder; or b) dumb them down?

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