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China's education plan ... from Finland's playbook

If you think the business competition from China is hard now, brace yourself. It will likely get tougher in about 20 years or so. And how is China doing it? By borrowing a page from Finland. At first blush, though, it would appear that China is simply lightening up.

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Diversity creates possibility in Indiana district

Merrillville Community Schools Corporation, located in a suburban town outside Gary, Ind., is an award-winning district, having achieved a 90 percent graduation rate in 2012 with 78 percent of its students demonstrating proficiency in English, math, and science.

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K12 video games grow up

Designers are working to create educational games that can be as elaborate and engrossing as any computerized bird-flinging saga or mythical battle fantasy that students (or their teachers) might stay up all night playing.

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Are schools doing enough to stop bullying?

After years of torment from bullies, 15-year-old Bart Palosz of Greenwich, Conn., took his own life on the first day of school in September. His death has led many to question the effectiveness of district bullying policies, and whether or not school leaders are responsible for identifying students who may harm themselves.

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Most Americans unaware of the Common Core, poll says

Almost two out of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, and those who have understand little about them, a new poll finds.

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Study: Oklahoma is No. 1 in education spending cuts since 2008

The cuts affect almost all school staffing and routine expenses. The cuts translate into larger classes with less individual attention.

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More Michigan school districts slipping into budget deficits in new fiscal year

Pontiac Public Schools and the Benton Harbor School District are hoping for emergency loans. The schools are among the 56 districts and public charter schools either already in or expected to be in budget deficits.

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Discipline problems soar in Dallas ISD schools

Disciplinary incidents in Dallas ISD that resulted in students being removed from class soared by the thousands last school year, putting an end to years of declines.

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Schools move to repair damage after flubs on 9/11 anniversary

Two separate Boston-area school systems attempted to make amends after getting hit with criticism from students and parents for how their high schools handled the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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No child left untableted

Sally Hurd Smith, a veteran teacher, held up her brand-new tablet computer and shook it as she said, “I don’t want this thing to take over my classroom.”

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