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Amherst (Mass.) superintendent favors near-elimination of suspensions

Superintendent Maria Geryk told the Amherst-Pelham regional school committee Tuesday that she hopes to nearly eliminate students’ suspension as a punishment in favor of more effective methods of classroom control.

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Maine education committee hopes to introduce school funding reform bill

Despite a short time line and a potentially big price tag, several lawmakers on the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee said they plan to introduce an education reform measure in the upcoming session that will incorporate recommendations from a $450,000 outside analysis of how the state funds local schools.

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Schools rely on staff to report criminal history

Public schools across the state perform one-time criminal history checks for teachers and other school employees as required by Pennsylvania law, but crimes committed by school staff during their employment may easily go undetected. Why?

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Three Arizona schools expected to close

Three Arizona charter schools that received failing grades from the state likely will close by the end of the school year after receiving notice that the state charter board would revoke their charters.

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Scott Walker signs two bills boosting tech education in Wisconsin

Supporting technical education and encouraging young people to consider careers in manufacturing are an important part of improving Wisconsin's economy, Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday during a bill-signing appearance in Eau Claire.

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6 out of 10 N.Y. superintendents say schools safer since Newtown

A survey of the state's superintendents shows 6 out of 10 school leaders believe their schools are safer than they were a year ago in the wake of the shootings at a elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

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Second Opinion: Power of PISA

A saner interpretation of the PISA results came from researchers who have studied international rankings in great detail, and their message goes something like this: Calm down, everyone.

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What are the state's Common Core standards?

Right now in Connecticut the Common Core Standards dictate how students should be taught in kindergarten through 12th grade. The methods of today are different from the methods used only a few years ago, so how do we know they will work better?

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A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.

Poverty is the most relevant factor in determining the outcome of a person's educational journey, and in Finland, the child poverty rate is about 5%. In the U.S., the rate is almost five times as high.

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Judge validates Connecticut high school construction referendum

Superior Court Judge John W. Pickard cited Connecticut case law that counsels caution before a court chooses to exercise its power to vacate the results of an election out of fear of disenfranchising those who voted and because each election is a snapshot in time that cannot be duplicated.

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