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Maine education groups testify in favor of statewide pre-K

Education groups testified in favor of a bill Friday that would make Maine one of a handful of states offering universal pre-kindergarten, a program that President Obama has advocated nationwide.

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Utah charter schools under new performance scrutiny

For the first time, the State Charter School Board has evaluated Utah’s 81 charter schools in three key areas — academics, finances and governance — creating a baseline for comparing the schools next year. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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Why private schools are dying out

Private education as we have known it is on its way out, at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. At the very least, it's headed for dramatic shrinkage, save for a handful of places and circumstances, to be replaced by a very different set of institutional, governance, financing, and education-delivery mechanisms.

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Playground program in Oregon schools curbs bullying, study shows

A playground program at many Portland-area elementary schools significantly curbs bullying, improves school climate and increases vigorous student activity, a new study shows.

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Asheville, N.C. city schools superintendent to retire

During a Board of Education meeting this morning, Asheville (N.C.) City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson announced his retirement following the end of this school year. The Board has agreed to a buyout of his remaining contract.

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When tests distract from main goals of New Jersey students' education

While data gained via standardized tests like NJASK may be extremely helpful, especially when paired with other data points, the over-emphasis on such testing is a classic example of how state and federal mandates are threatening to completely bypass local control.

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Longer days rather than snow makeups for Michigan students

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law legislation allowing school districts that cancelled class multiple times this winter to meet state requirements by extending existing days rather than scheduling makeups.

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High schoolers with cybersecurity experience are in high demand

Five dozen teenagers decrypting codes, cleaning malware and fending off network intrusions in the finals of a national cybersecurity contest got a glimpse of the labor market’s appetite for their skills as sponsors such as network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. described career opportunities. Internships start as young as 16 at Northrop Grumman Corp.

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South Carolina could cut high school graduation exit exam

S.C high school students would no longer have to pass an exit exam to graduate if a state House bill becomes law – welcome news for the thousands of students who struggle year after year to pass both the test’s math and English sections.

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Why recess might be the most important part of school

A recent randomized controlled study by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University reported that, in schools that employ recess management firm Playworks, there was less bullying, a greater feeling of safety among students, more vigorous physical activity, and less time lost transitioning from recess to classroom learning.

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