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Michelle Obama kicks off new education initiative

Officials say the event is part of what will be a broader focus for the first lady on getting students — especially those in underserved communities — on track to attend college.

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Digital learning can boost Rhode Island schools

Technology provides students and teachers with the opportunity to access rich sources of academic content through both online and traditional classroom opportunities.

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Minority parents value high-quality schools

It's encouraging that a national poll found that 76 percent of parents strongly or somewhat favor using public funds so all 4-year-olds in America can attend preschool.

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Ceremony marks milestone in Massachusetts high school construction

One final steel beam was lifted by crane Tuesday morning and placed on top of what will soon be the new Greenfield High School — a sign, to the people standing on the ground below, that the project continues to go as planned.

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Fight over Crystal Lake (Ill.) bleachers may set law for school-city disputes

Crystal Lake is just the latest example of municipal and academic leaders butting heads over school construction projects.

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Pennsylvania schools work on computer skills so students are ready for online exams

Teachers worry that upcoming online exams may unfairly assess student progress and understanding, or worse, that students will be penalized by unforeseen and all-too-common problems in being connected to the Internet as states and school districts work to upgrade lesson plans and infrastructure.

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Annex planned at Chicago school where crowding has divided neighbors

After an oft-heated community debate over how to solve overcrowding at an elementary school in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the city said Monday it will build an annex with about 19 classrooms and a multipurpose room on the site of the current school.

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Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools

Dozens of pre-kindergartners were suspended last school year in Maryland, with the most suspensions in Baltimore, highlighting a little-known practice that some education experts say is too extreme for toddlers who are just being introduced to educational settings.

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Buffalo turnaround administrator forced to resign after heavy criticism from state

The Buffalo Public Schools’ top administrator in charge of school turnaround plans has been forced to resign a day after state officials told district leaders about serious problems in instruction, leadership and Central Office support at three underachieving schools.

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Study: Struggling Miami-Dade schools benefited from teacher transfers

Beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in 2012, principals in 73 Miami-Dade schools identified and transferred 375 low-performing teachers “in the best interest” of the school district. The result: Test scores improved notably under new teachers who stepped in to replace those transferred.

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