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Flordia school district suspends teacher over pledge issue

The student, who is Jehovah's Witness and prohibited by the religion from worshiping objects, refused on religious grounds, the investigation found. Officials said teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald twice placed the student's hand over his heart when the class recited the pledge.

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Local Tennessee schools report more than 2,000 bullying incidents for 2012-13 school year

According to the report, 7,555 cases of bullying were reported during the 2012-13 school year. Approximately 73 percent of those cases, or 5,478, were confirmed as bullying cases after investigation.

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Philly School District delays debut of its buildings-for-sale website

This is the web site the district will use to sell 27 closed school buildings. Some have already received interest. Drexel University was looking at University City High School, and Temple University has its eye on William Penn High.

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Advocates believe dogs will make schools safer

The programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across the country stay safe.

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North Carolina teachers stage walk-in to protest cuts to public education

Parents and members of the community were invited to observe classroom activities and to participate in after-school discussions about education policies. The movement was backed by the North Carolina Association of Educators in an effort to raise awareness against the recent cutback of government spending on public education.

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Superintendents pitch plan to aid struggling Missouri schools

The proposal by the Missouri Association of School Administrators seeks to render that statute moot by proposing a complete overhaul of the way Missouri rates its 520 school districts.

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Colorado voters pass measure to tax marijuana sales for school funds

Further bringing marijuana into the mainstream, Colorado voters decided Tuesday to treat the blossoming industry like other businesses by passing hefty taxes designed to raise money for schools and regulation.

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Schools matter in student performance

A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have decided to oppose the A-F school grading system because they consider it unfair. Unfortunately, their sense of what is fair is based on flawed thinking about educational quality and gives little credit to great educators.

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In public education, edge still goes to rich

The anguished and often angry national debate over how to improve American educational standards, focused intently on grading students and teachers, mostly bypasses how the inequity of resources — starting at the youngest — inevitably affects the outcome.

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New building under construction for Indiana middle school students

The elementary schools serve kindergarten through eighth grade. The school board recently decided though that it's time that the nearly 320 seventh and eighth graders get a school of their own.

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