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Pennsylvania auditor general to audit Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools is expected to go bankrupt in 2016 unless it changes course. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he's concerned about declining school enrollment, ballooning pension costs and the cost of sending the district’s schoolchildren to charter schools.

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Anti-Semitism case against N.Y. school district should continue, D.A. says

The U.S. District Attorney's Office says evidence presented by three Jewish families could show the district's disciplinary system was inadequate to accurately track — and therefore to adequately and promptly respond to — anti-Semitic incidents in the district's schools.

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Should schools teach kids to meditate?

When a high school in New Haven, Conn., required yoga and meditation classes three times a week for its incoming freshman, studies found that after each class, students had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their bodies.

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Who's dropping out of Ohio's high schools?

Statewide, more than 112,000 students dropped out from both traditional and charter schools between 2006 and 2010, according to the Dropout Tracking Report. The dropout rate, it calculates, held steady at about three percent, but researchers say the dropout problem is not universal.

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CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C. 

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Schools need more calamity days this year, Ohio governor says

With more frigid temperatures forecast for this week likely to cause additional school closings, Gov. John Kasich wants a one-time increase from the current five “calamity days” schools can use before they have to start adding school days at the end of the year.

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Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will State of the Union step up?

Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.

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2014 Technology Site Visits to Showcase Digital Innovations in Public Schools in AZ, MN, CO

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 2014 Education Technology Site Visits will give education professionals the opportunity to experience firsthand innovations in education technology and the best ways to use technology in classrooms.

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Illinois officials consider ending free ACT exams

The ACT has been given free of charge to Illinois' 11th graders for more than a decade. But that could change with a proposal to make the college-entrance exam voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free.

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Children’s Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership

Ten school districts across the country from California to South Carolina have been selected to participate in a public-private initiative to explore effective discipline alternatives to suspension and expulsion.

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