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Inside Arlington’s overflowing high schools

All three Arlington high schools have recently been rebuilt, but it appears they are already over capacity. Washington-Lee has seen its enrollment rise by 30 percent in the last six years, and this increase can be partially attributed to the abundance of transfers coming to the school for the International Baccalaureate diploma program.

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New, healthy ideas fill school lunch plates as cooks get creative

The push for healthier food in schools has taken a turn for the creative. Schools have met new U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements for lunches, and now it’s all about finding new foods and new ways to present them to students.

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Projections show fewer A elementaries in Fla. district, more schools receiving lower grades

When letter grades are released this month, Duval County will likely see substantially fewer A schools, twice as many B schools and double the failing schools.

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Texas school district drops microchip-tracking system

Northside Independent School District, one of the largest districts in Texas, required students at some schools to carry identification badges with microchips last year to ensure they would be counted as present, because state funding is tied to student attendance.

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Utah legislator calls for end to compulsory education

Osmond said that in the current state of public education, teachers do not receive meaningful support from parents, while at the same time parents become frustrated that schools are not able to meet the individual needs of their children.

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Hope grows from a tree at tornado-stricken school in Oklahoma

The tree at Plaza Towers Elementary School has leaves again. They jut out in all the wrong places, sprouting from spindly shoots on the disfigured skeleton of what was once a magnificent thornless honeylocust tree. But the leaves are there, green and alive—and for the teachers at this school, that's enough.

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Teachers' test scores latest education issue

The latest rabbit to be pulled out of the hat is a plan by Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman to set higher standards for teachers’ licensing tests.

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The bitter taste of Common Core

Pennsylvania is among 45 states that have agreed to adopt the standards, which specify what concepts should be mastered by students at each grade level in individual subjects. But as The Heritage Foundation points out, opting out will become increasingly difficult. This, as the SAT is “aligned to the Common Core,” according to a College Board email quoted in a Washington Post report.

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Bryan (Texas) school board revisiting bid process for construction project after local contractors raise objections

Proposals for a construction manager for the endeavor that will add space to an existing Rudder field house and gymnastics facility were sent out June 25. A four-person committee composed of district employees and a representative from PBK, an architectural firm with which the Bryan school district has a five-year contract, selected three companies out of the 12 submissions through a two-step process.

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School construction stops in N.H. district

With construction halted last week on the new elementary school and the building not expected to be ready for students until the end of October at the earliest, the School Board approved a relocation plan last night that sends about 110 Unity students in grades K-8 to Claremont to start the school year.

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