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Colorado school faces accusation that it could have prevented shooting

A security guard placed on leave is among those criticizing Arapahoe High School administrators, saying they did not heed warning signs before a deadly campus shooting last month.

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Buffalo School Board backs charter renewals

The Buffalo Board of Education is recommending that the state renew its contracts with Westminster and Enterprise charter schools for another two years, with some board members pushing for even longer extensions.

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Charter critics still not pleased

The Chicago Board of Education's decision Wednesday to scale back the number of new charter school approvals may have tempered the tone of some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school policy critics, but the political dynamic of the issue remains the same. The school board voted to approve just seven out of 17 charter school applications.

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ACLU accuses Louisiana school of religious harassment

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school board in Louisiana, alleging officials at one of its schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely pushes Christian beliefs.

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Senators tackle Missouri school transfer law

The Missouri Senate Education Committee is tackling a state school transfer law that requires struggling school systems to pay for children to enroll in nearby higher-performing districts. The transfer law states school districts without state accreditation will cover costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one.

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Pima County launches program to boost foster kids’ education

A program to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care is being launched in Pima County. “No group of students is more in need of educational success than children in foster care,” said Debbie D’Amore, chief deputy for the Pima County school superintendent. That’s where FosterEd, a national initiative that pairs at-risk foster children with “educational champions,” comes in.

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Appropriations bill boosts funding for education as states up funding, too

Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill providing significant relief for education programs hit hard by sequestration cuts. Politico reports that the bill awards education programs a total of $67 billion, which is only slightly less than the $71.2 billion President Obama proposed in his 2014 budget. The president is expected to sign the bill.

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Education summit speaker: Spunk matters more than test scores

If you want to help Charlotte children to become successful adults, should you get rid of ineffective teachers? Identify possible drop-outs in first grade? Or concentrate on building character? All were ideas discussed by speakers at an Education Summit that drew more than 400 people to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., recently.

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N.C. Gov. McCrory's 2014 priorities: Energy, education, Medicaid

The three Es on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's 2013 priority list have been replaced this year by two Es and an M. During his State of the State address a year ago, McCrory said he would focus on improving North Carolina's economy and education system and promoting efficiency in state government. On Tuesday, he held an hour-long news conference at the Executive Mansion to outline his 2014 agenda, naming energy production, educational improvement and Medicaid reform as his top priorities.

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The future of education was invented in 1906

Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure things out on their own, and they’ll not only learn better, but be more passionate. The frustrating part of the story is precisely this: they try to connect age-old insights about education to, somehow, a story about techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools.

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