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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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School social media policies juggle safety with free speech

In districts urban and rural, superintendents and school boards are getting input from teachers, IT personnel, and lawyers to craft social media policies that can prevent misuse but not interfere with free speech.

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Are teacher evaluations making the grade?

Teacher evaluation may be the hottest—and most divisive—topic in education right now. From Florida to Missouri and Nevada to Minnesota, state legislatures are debating bills that would tie teacher assessment to student achievement.

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Fresh lessons sprout in urban school gardens

School gardens are on the rise in urban areas as educators see the academic benefits of adding hands-on learning to traditional curriculum.

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