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Louisiana superintendent gets high marks from school board

The Lafourche School Board has rated Superintendent JoAnn Matthews as excellent in her semi-annual evaluation. According to board policy, members are required to review the superintendent’s performance in the fall and spring. Each board member completes an observation report with scores ranging from 1 to 5, and then the review committee averages and totals the scores.

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Knoxville, Tenn. board meeting tackles morale, funding issues

Another busy school board meeting was held in downtown Knoxville recently as teachers, parents and administrators tackled a number of issues that will shape the future of the school district. One topic that came up were the results of the district's recently released teacher surveys, which asked teachers about their feelings on the state of the Knox County School system.

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Los Angeles public library to offer high school diplomas

The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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How to discipline students without turning school into a prison

For years, a body of troubling evidence has been building that reveals racially discriminatory practices in school disciplinary measures. Black and Latino children are more likely to be disciplined, be more severely disciplined, and more frequently are suspended, expelled or sent to special alternative schools.

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Florida lawmakers question timeline for new ed standards, state tests

When Pam Stewart became state education commissioner in September, lawmakers said they would give her time to untangle the complicated issues facing the education department. That unspoken grace period came to an end Wednesday, when members of the Senate Education Committee grilled Stewart on the future of Florida’s public schools.

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Children with less education die sooner, according to university study

Staying in school longer leads to a longer, healthier life. That’s the gist of a study done by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Cuomo offers education plans, but funding in doubt

In a State of the State address that focused largely on job creation, economic development and tax relief, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also issued a sweeping agenda for education, including support for statewide, full-day prekindergarten programs and a plan to funnel $2 billion to upgrade technology in schools.

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Minnesota district proposes less physical education

The Elk River School District is considering cutting back on physical education in schools so that their 13,000 students can take a wider variety of classes. The school board will soon vote on a plan that would implement new technology and foreign language classes for some grade levels while at the same time lessening some of the hours students spend in physical education and music classes.

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What's ahead for education in 2014

The last several years in education have been filled with turmoil: cheating scandals, debates and protests over curriculum and testing, and big changes in the way students are taught. The new year brings more changes, but also an opportunity to find solutions to old problems and reach common ground on the divisions of the past. Here's a look at some of the big questions in education for 2014.

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Tempe sex-education meeting stirs up outrage

More than 100 people crowded into a standing-room-only meeting at the Tempe Union High School District office in Arizona to hear a sex-education expert employed by Planned Parenthood discuss curricula being reviewed by a district committee.

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