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Once overcrowded, Florida school district now selling land

After years of buying land to build new schools, the Broward School District is now looking to unload some parcels. The student boom has ended and there is not enough money to maintain the district's 2,400 buildings, some in desperate need of repair. So three separate lots—in Plantation, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park—will be sold for more than $10 million.

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Vermont school cooks share recipes in new cookbook

Mac & trees—macaroni and cheese with broccoli—roasted parsnip chips, strawberry and spinach salad and green monster pops were already on the menu at some Vermont schools that have done away with frozen chicken nuggets and fish sticks. Now those creative cooks are sharing their healthful recipes with other schools.

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New head of NYC schools to focus on middle schools and dual-language

The new leader of the nation's biggest public school system started her job with storm clouds brewing—the clouds that had a new city administration weighing whether to call a snow day for 1.1 million students. But Carmen Farina had a sunny smile for the middle schoolers she visited on her first day as schools chancellor.

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U.S. to relax healthy school lunch rules after student complaints

There may be some good news for kids complaining that their school lunches are unappetizing and leaving them hungry. U.S. regulators said they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes.

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Universal high-quality preK could close the achievement gap at age 5

Providing high-quality early childhood education to all American children from birth to age three has the potential to close the achievement gap between high- and low-income kids at ages three and five, according to new research by Greg J. Duncan and Aaron J. Sojourner.

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Math education is getting better, teacher says

Math instruction is changing—and for the better, says Nancy Pfaff, a Lake Washington School District teacher who has won a prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Instruction. Pfaff learned last week that she is one of two teachers in Washington state to receive a Presidential Award this year, one of the highest honors for U.S. math and science teachers.

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Second ethics complaint against Brookfield, Conn. board member

The Board of Ethics opted this week to incorporate a second ethics complaint against a new Board of Education member. The complaints were made against Gregory Beck, 26, who is also a town emergency services dispatcher, for his Facebook comment related to the anniversary of the Newtown shooting tragedy.

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Education after Bloomberg

Now that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left office, speculation is rife about his legacy, particularly on education, a signature issue during his three-term mayoralty. But experts searching for clues as to the administration’s impact on education in test scores, dropout numbers, graduation rates and countless other measures are missing the real story.

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McAuliffe picks former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton as ed secretary

For his education secretary, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has picked someone steeped in Virginia government: Anne Holton. The former Virginia first lady is the wife of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, himself a past Virginia governor; the daughter of another former governor, Linwood Holton; and a onetime judge on Richmond's Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt honored in Center for Green Schools at USGBC’s Best of Green Schools 2013 List

HMH was recognized for helping to transform learning environments by driving the conversation around sustainability education and the Common Core.