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Michigan Middle School Teacher Elected to NCTM Board

Jane Porath, a mathematics teacher and site leader at Traverse City East Middle School, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

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Students in new GM program hope to help fix Detroit neighborhoods

Some 110 students from 11 Detroit area high schools that have been chosen for the first year of GM Student Corps, a program the automaker is sponsoring to pair the high school students with GM retirees and current employees on community service projects throughout the city.

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Superintendent files lawsuit against Medina (Ohio) Board of Education

Medina City School District superintendent Randy Stepp has made good on a threat to take the district to court, filing a lawsuit against the board of education and other district officials in federal court stemming from the board's decision to rescind a contract with him approved in January.

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High schools take aim at 'Assassin' game

An elite New York City high school is warning seniors it could ban them from prom or graduation — or even snitch to college admission officers — if they're caught playing a popular toy-gun game in or near the school building.

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For public schools, Twitter is no longer optional

Public schools are keenly aware of the power of the mainstream media; a critical television segment or a laudatory newspaper article will be talked about in the hallways for days. But the landscape has shifted, and school leaders must embrace a new, growing reality: social media has become the source for breaking news.

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Louisiana education official commutes to work from Los Angeles

The educator is Dave Lefkowith, who is an assistant superintendent and oversees Louisiana's new program that will allow public school students to take classes from private firms, online groups and colleges.

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Kentucky school district may alter grading scale to help students

In Bullitt County, some B students soon could become A students — not based on improvements in their work, but rather because of a change in the grading scale.

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Lawsuit over California school's yoga classes heads to trial

A trial to consider whether yoga is a secular exercise or a form of religion that’s inappropriate for public schools was scheduled to start Monday in San Diego Superior Court.

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Study: Free computers don’t close the rich-poor education gap

On the one hand, it’s good news that doomsday predictions for computer-less children have been exaggerated. However, giving out computers was one of the easier solutions to closing the poverty educational outcome gap, and now we have to go back to the drawing board.

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Few Chicago school closings will move kids to top-performing schools

The biggest reason Chicago’s school district says it’s closing 53 grammar schools is to give students a better education. CPS has promised that every student from a closing school will be sent to a better performing “welcoming” school.

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