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Do schools really have a 'boy problem?'

The education gender gap, it seems, is a very real thing. We know that by kindergarten, girls are better prepared for the demands of elementary school; they're generally more attentive, independent, and better behaved. And because of this (and a host of other reasons) girls academically outpace their male counterparts.

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An education budget for 'Classrooms and Kids'

Policymakers debating Michigan's state will soon decide how they’ll fund our school children. There is one option that will maximize resources to the classroom — and it does so without raising taxes — so kids have the resources they need.

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Opposition to Common Core diluted in bill approved by Missouri Senate

A bill that began as a straight ban on implementing the Common Core but now focuses on a process to adopt new standards won approval in the Missouri Senate. In the meantime, the Common Core statewide assessments that sparked the push for this bill would be used in schools starting next year.

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South Carolina Senate approves replacing Common Core in 1 year

Common Core would be replaced with education standards developed in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year. The bill, which passed 42-0, is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal the math and reading standards that have been rolled out in classrooms statewide.

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Capital spending triples in Chicago schools plan

Chicago Public Schools has released a proposed $423-million capital plan that is nearly triple what the district proposed this time last year in spending to upgrade its schools. This year’s projects include building the new Barack Obama College Prep and annexes for four overcrowded schools.

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Iowa state education officials to weigh in on school boundaries

The Iowa Department of Education plans to issue guidance to school districts that use free and reduced-price meal data to help determine attendance boundaries. The move comes in the wake of a heated school board discussion over the use of numbers from the federal meals program to redraw elementary school boundaries.

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Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement

Philadelphia schools has released a progress report that shows three times as many high schools require intervention as compared to successful “models.” Six high schools were categorized as “models,” nine were marked as needing reinforcement, 12 as needing watching and 18 as needing intervention.

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Feds put Indiana on notice: NCLB waiver in doubt

Indiana schools could face sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law if the state cannot satisfactorily answer U.S. Department of Education concerns in 60 days about its plans for instituting its new standards.

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Aspex Solutions releases the TeacherFit Urban Assessment

The TeacherFit Urban K12 teacher applicant prescreening assessment from Aspex Solutions will allow principals and hiring managers to identify teachers who are most likely to be effective teachers in an urban school setting.

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Schools emerge as big winner from Florida legislative session

Lawmakers simplified the complicated school grading formula. They created new scholarship accounts for children with special needs. And they directed a record-high $11 billion in state funding to the K-12 education system.

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