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Number of U.S. children living in poverty grew to 23 percent in 2011

It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter. But this wasn't a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice.

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Tennessee county uses solar energy to fund education

Finding funding for education is not easy for many school districts, but Campbell County has come up with an interesting way to make some cash. All 12 of Campbell County schools now have 50-kilowatt solar system installed on the roof of the buildings.

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Student transfers on hold in Kansas City

The doors are not yet open for students in the unaccredited Kansas City school district to transfer to neighboring accredited districts.

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School hopes talking it out keeps kids from dropping out

Out-of-school suspensions are on the rise across the country, a troubling statistic when you consider being suspended just once ups a student's chances of dropping out entirely. That's why many districts are hoping to keep kids in school by trying an alternative to suspension.

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Should students dissect animals or should schools move to virtual dissections?

Increasingly, states are giving students the right to decide whether they want to dissect animals. Eleven states now have dissection choice laws enabling students to decide whether they want to dissect a frog or fetal pig.

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Companies back STEM efforts as Maryland seeks to revamp science education

Students across Maryland would see revamped science classes under curriculum standards the state school board will consider Tuesday — part of a broader effort by educators, researchers and businesses to kindle innovation in children well before they enter the workforce.

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Microsoft offers ad-free Bing search for schools

Microsoft is launching a “Bing for Schools” program that is tailored for K-12 students by “removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content.”

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19 more Chicago elementary schools close for good

Chicago school district also working on plans to expand its Safe Passage Program to the welcoming schools where students from closed schools will be moved.

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St. John Parish School Board (La.) appoints Kevin George as new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Orange Schools (Ohio) to hire Dr. Edwin Holland as new superintendent

After an extensive search which included more than 45 candidates, the Orange City School District has hired Dr. Edwin S. Holland as its new superintendent.

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