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School hopes talking it out keeps kids from dropping out

Out-of-school suspensions are on the rise across the country, a troubling statistic when you consider being suspended just once ups a student's chances of dropping out entirely. That's why many districts are hoping to keep kids in school by trying an alternative to suspension.

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Should students dissect animals or should schools move to virtual dissections?

Increasingly, states are giving students the right to decide whether they want to dissect animals. Eleven states now have dissection choice laws enabling students to decide whether they want to dissect a frog or fetal pig.

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Companies back STEM efforts as Maryland seeks to revamp science education

Students across Maryland would see revamped science classes under curriculum standards the state school board will consider Tuesday — part of a broader effort by educators, researchers and businesses to kindle innovation in children well before they enter the workforce.

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Microsoft offers ad-free Bing search for schools

Microsoft is launching a “Bing for Schools” program that is tailored for K-12 students by “removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content.”

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19 more Chicago elementary schools close for good

Chicago school district also working on plans to expand its Safe Passage Program to the welcoming schools where students from closed schools will be moved.

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St. John Parish School Board (La.) appoints Kevin George as new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Orange Schools (Ohio) to hire Dr. Edwin Holland as new superintendent

After an extensive search which included more than 45 candidates, the Orange City School District has hired Dr. Edwin S. Holland as its new superintendent.

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Data security is a classroom worry, too

As school districts rush to adopt learning-management systems, some privacy advocates warn that educators may be embracing the bells and whistles before mastering fundamentals like data security and privacy.

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Henderson-Hopkins school divides East Baltimore community

The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community, but they disagree about which children should be able to attend the much-heralded new school.

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Bethel (Ore.) board to OK budget with no layoffs required

After four years of cuts in the Bethel School District, things are looking up for students and teachers in the upcoming school year. Thanks in large part to 10 unpaid days that teachers agreed to last month, the west Eugene school district expects to avoid laying off any teachers or other staff members for the first time in four years.

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