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California test scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier

Taking their first dip after years of steady gains, Academic Performance Index scores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties fell by a point this year, reflecting a statewide decline in scores released Thursday.

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Utah teachers dealing with crowded classrooms

Jodi Stewart-Browning, assistant principal of Utah's Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, said about one-fourth of the school's 1,320 students attend class in portables, including the school's entire fifth grade. "That's as many as we can house because of electricity and water and the drain on the building," she said. "Next year a new school will open and take some of our kids, but we'll still be 1,000-plus."

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Florida community wants school grading system changed

Legislators, business leaders, parents, and school officials on Wednesday urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to overhaul the state's school grading system, capping a three-day summit on the state's most pressing education issues.

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Massachusetts superintendent Mary-Elizabeth Beach to resign

Mary-Elizabeth Beach, superintendent of Ware Public Schools in Ware, Mass., stunned members of the Ware School Committee Wednesday night by announcing she will resign at the end of this school year.

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Texas district residents paying for police patrol through their water bill

Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., schools across the nation, including those in North Texas, have been ramping up their security. In the Savannah subdivision northwest of Frisco, Texas, people are paying an extra $2.50 in their monthly water bills to put one police officer at the Denton ISD school. The money collected covers a full-time salary.

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Success Academy 'zero tolerance' disciplinary policy comes under fire

Success Academy, the charter school chain that boasts sky-high student scores on annual state tests, has for years used a “zero tolerance” disciplinary policy to suspend, push out, discharge, or demote the very pupils who might lower those scores—children with special needs or behavior problems.

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Why some schools are saying ‘no thanks’ to the school-lunch program

States are reporting that some of their schools are dropping out of the healthier school-lunch program because they can’t afford to participate. But does that really mean nutritious school lunches (and snacks) are doomed?

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Calif. school district monitoring students' social media activity

The social media sites of all 13,000 students in Glendale, Calif.'s middle and high schools are being monitored. School officials hired a company called Geo Listening to track students' online posts daily with the goal to intervene when students discuss suicide, bullying, violence, or substance abuse.

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Chicago Public Schools approves budget cuts while 200 people protest

About 200 people—including 20 to 30 students—rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education approved the district’s annual budget, which includes hundreds of millions in cuts. Community activists who organized the protest rally and boycott said it would serve as a real-life lesson for students involved.

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Education activists remain unresigned to post-Katrina changes

On a significant date in New Orleans education and civil rights history, about 40 people gathered to reaffirm their opposition to the post-Hurricane Katrina education revolution that fired all the city's teachers, swept most of the schools into the state Recovery School District and turned all but a handful into largely independent charter schools.

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