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36 percent drop in school suspensions at Chicago Public Schools

A new code of conduct encourages school staffers to develop alternative strategies and options for dealing with disciplinary issues, including conflict resolution techniques, anger coping therapy and intervention programs. The code seems to be paying off, as the latest results show a 36 percent drop in school suspensions.

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School's out for thousands; Oregon teachers strike

More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday—and likely will remain so through Monday—after teachers in southern Oregon's largest district went on strike. The walkout Thursday in the Medford School District occurred after all-night bargaining yielded no results. No new talks are scheduled until Saturday, and the district has canceled classes through Monday.

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Problematic letter grades are no good for schools. But for students?

Wisconsin public school officials spoke out last week against provisions in a new Republican bill that would grade schools on an A-F scale.

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Down with textbooks

When it comes to teaching history, nothing destroys student interest faster and more completely than a heavy reliance on textbooks.

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Oregon Sports Awards focuses spotlight on high schools

The Oregon Sports Awards have made some dramatic changes since rebranding from The Oregonian Banquet of Champions in 2001 and bringing the show back from a four-year hiatus.

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U.S. DOE awards $3.67 million for Kansas schools

The federal School Improvement Grant program targets schools with persistent lower academic achievement and aims to bolster their resources.

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Judge: Arizona can't ask charter schools to give back excess funds

State education officials have been blocked by a judge from taking nearly $5.9 million away from charter schools.

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Indiana Senate passes 'Merry Christmas' bill allowing celebration in schools

Christmas might come a little earlier this year for some public school students after senators approved legislation Monday that would allow holiday celebrations in schools.

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Boston parents prepare to protest school budget cuts

Parents across Boston are mobilizing to protest possible budget cuts at their schools for the next academic year, writing letters to school and state officials, turning out at School Committee meetings, and starting a Facebook page to advocate for additional funding.

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Seattle schools: No day off for Seahawks parade

Seattle school students may feel a little blue today: Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced that students won’t get a day off for the Seahawks’ victory parade, even though the parade is an “historic event.”

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