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N.C. education budget gets glum reception from CMS leaders, public-school advocates

The lack of raises for teachers and other state employees, a $120 million cut in state spending for teacher assistants, and the shifting of $10 million to vouchers for private schools were described by many as a backward move for a state once known for valuing public education.

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Teachers hit the books to master new education standards

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

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Education overhaul faces a rest of partisanship

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill aimed at greatly narrowing the federal role in public education that was expanded under No Child Left Behind. No Democrat voted for the bill, called the Student Success Act, and the Obama administration has threatened to veto it.

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Bullying most prevalent in middle school, report finds

Slightly more than half of all reported incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation happened at middle schools across the state. High schools reported 26 percent of bullying cases, while elementary schools had the fewest bullying incidents -- 18 percent.

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Forgot your homework? Mom can't bring it to school in Summit (N.J.) anymore

Parents of Summit school children received that news in an email sent mid-afternoon on Friday, July 19. The reasons for these changes are “the responsibility to put the safety of our students foremost,” the letter said.

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Budget squeeze in Chicago schools pushes some classes online

Members of the Local School Council at Dyett High School say their principal has advised them he can’t pay for enough teachers with the budget he was issued from Chicago Public Schools.

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Cursives handwriting helps make us unique

It is reported that Michael Hairston, in 2010 president of the Fairfax Education Association, called cursive “a dying art.” He also said, “Cursive writing is a traditional skill that has been replaced with technology.” Other anti-cursive educators refer to cursive as “obsolete.”

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Kentucky's new science education standards trigger heated debate

Nearly two dozen parents, teachers, scientists and advocacy groups commented at the state Department of Education hearing on the Next Generation Science Standards. The broad set of guidelines will revamp content in grades K-12 and help meet requirements from a 2009 law that called for improving education.

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Ohio district meeting moves construction forward, draws BLEA protesters

Board members voted to approve a guaranteed maximum price of $4,168,199 to be paid to Hammond Construction to complete the project. The figure includes $3,865,745 to cover subcontracted work, $155,832 for construction personnel costs, and Hammond's fee of $53,491.

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty's Sandy Hook Elementary School construction amendment blocked

The Democrat said in a statement Friday that she's "going to keep fighting to try and bring relief to Newtown and every community that has experienced unimaginable tragedy" and allow them to apply for federal funds to help cover construction costs.

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