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Kansas board to allow student-led prayer over school intercom

A school board in Kansas voted this week to allow student-led prayer at all activities, and even went as far as offering the schools’ public address systems for religious use.

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A better way to discipline students

There are no free passes—repercussions and consequences should be experienced by a student for any misconduct. However, suspensions rarely correct behavior. Instead, they contribute to high dropout rates and lower academic achievement. One thing is clear—school discipline reform is needed. Maryland now has an opportunity to do what is best for our kids and our communities.

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500K Oklahoma students don't have storm shelters

The statewide survey on shelters in Oklahoma schools uncovered that more than 500,000 students and educators do not have a safe place to go at school during severe weather.

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North Carolina school board lifts 'Invisible Man' book ban

A North Carolina school board lifted on Wednesday its ban of Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man" from school libraries after being ridiculed by residents and undercut by a giveaway of the book at a local bookstore.

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Native education situation dire, says report; sequestration not helping

The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that focuses on student achievement gaps, has released a new report, “The State of Education for Native Students,” and the state is not good.

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Pa. House bill sets up review of charter school funding

The Pennsylvania House sent the Senate a package of revisions to charter school regulations, including a temporary change in payments made to cyber charter schools while a commission is examining charter funding.

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Pennsylvania School Officials under fire for 'racist and sexist' text messages

The Chester County District Attorney's Office became aware of the texts during an investigation of the Coatesville Area School District, Chester County DA Tom Hogan told ABCNews.com.

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Charter schools don't quite measure up even to big-city districts, one study says

A Fordham Institute analysis of report card results for districts and charters concludes that charter schools even in Ohio's eight largest districts usually perform worse than that city's district – with Cleveland as the only exception.

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San Diego schools miss out on top education prize

San Diego Unified was honored as one of four finalists that had vied for the award, which recognizes academic achievement and innovative leadership in urban districts that typically have many poor and minority students.

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Seven states slashing education spending

While the majority of state school systems have cut spending between fiscal year 2008 and the upcoming fiscal year 2014, the cuts have been much more severe in some places than in others.

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