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Michelle Obama to visit Wisconsin school to promote water

On Thursday afternoon, more than 1,500 students will gather at Watertown High School to welcome first lady Michelle Obama at the launch of a nationwide campaign to get Americans to drink more water.

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Lawmakers agree to tweak Utah’s school grading law

Gov. Gary Herbert said he is negotiating with Senate President Wayne Niederhauser on legislation that would add more detail to the state of Utah’s controversial new school grading system. He said without changes the grades offer little help to parents and educators looking to improve education.

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Panel rules that 13 Arkansas school districts can arm teachers and staff

A state board has voted to allow 13 school districts in Arkansas to continue using teachers, administrators, and other staff as armed guards, despite a warning from the state's top attorney that the licensing law they relied upon was intended for private businesses.

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Over one million educators & students to make their mark on September 15

Over a million children and adults around the globe will celebrate International Dot Day (Sept. 15), a grassroots “creativity & courage” movement, which has generated support around the globe, from participants in all 50 U.S. states, on all seven continents, in 75 countries, and even on the International Space Station.

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Ohio Board of Ed president wants Toni Morrison novel scrubbed from state Common Core materials

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

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Philly launches education supply fund

Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.

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School officials say millions in Tenn. state funding at risk, could close schools Oct. 1

School officials said the Oak Ridge system has failed a state maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year. After some budget adjustments, there is a $250,000 shortfall, school officials said, and they want the city to cover it. It’s the equivalent of a 2.5-cent property tax rate increase.

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LA area district paying company to track thousands of students on social media

Glendale Unified School District has hired Geo Listening to monitor about 13,000 middle school and high school students, according to the Glendale News-Press.

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Ark. schools can have armed teachers, state board rules

After initially voting to revoke two districts' licenses classifying them as private security firms, the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies decided to allow the schools to keep them for two more years. The panel had voted to suspend the schools' licenses last month after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said they shouldn't have been issued to the schools.

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Loud voice fighting tide of new trend in education

Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards.

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