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The case against high-school sports

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?

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Oklahoma lawmaker petitions for school tornado shelters

An Oklahoma lawmaker began a petition drive to put on the ballot a measure allowing the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance storm shelters in schools, after a devastating tornado in May killed seven children at a school.

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Vermont hires new secretary of education

Rebecca Holcombe, head of Dartmouth College’s teacher training program, will replace Armando Vilaseca as Vermont’s next secretary of education, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced. She is the first new secretary of education to be appointed since legislation in 2012 changed the department’s organization.

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Fourteen Lowell, Mass. schools make the MCAS grade

Fourteen Massachusetts schools designated "underperforming" in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, but four turnaround schools could fall into state receivership, education officials said.

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Minneapolis mayoral contenders turn their attention to education

The first Minneapolis mayoral debate, held recently, focused on schools. This is remarkable, because the mayor has no formal responsibility over Minneapolis Public Schools. However, with a Star Tribune poll earlier this month finding that public education tops the list of Minneapolis residents polled, the six participating candidates were quick to fill that void with advocacy.

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Forty percent of superintendents sign letter criticizing Tenn. ed chief

A majority of Tennessee school chiefs opted not to join their colleagues in publicly criticizing beleaguered Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, although the participation of Nashville-area leaders was a mixed bag. About 40 percent of Tennessee’s 138 school superintendents attached their names to a letter asking Gov. Bill Haslam to put the kibosh on Huffman and his reform policies.

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There’s no place like Detroit: Education is key to Michigan’s ignition

George W. Bush once said, “Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each starts with education.” That is certainly true in Detroit, Michigan, and the United States. Education helps us turn away bitterness, misconceptions, and anger at our differences.

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Kansas education board wants to fingerprint more teachers

In an effort to better shield classrooms from convicted felons, Kansas is moving toward requiring certain educators to submit fingerprints when renewing their teacher licenses so they can be checked against a state criminal database.

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Florida charter school forced to close after two Fs

The Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy, a two-year-old school in Tamarac, appealed a state law that requires charter schools to be automatically closed after a second consecutive F. Schools can ask the state to stay open if they can show student achievement is better than other schools in the area.

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Wake (N.C.) working to raise high schools' graduation rate

Since 2006, the state’s graduation rate has risen from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. But during the same period, Wake’s graduation rate has dropped from 82.6 percent to 81 percent with groups such as low-income, black and Hispanic students performing at a lower rate than their peers statewide.

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