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Obama budget threatens popular STEM education initiatives

The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget lays out a sweeping restructuring intended to consolidate STEM education in the U.S. into three agencies—the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution—and to cut down on the inefficiency of overlapping initiatives.

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Education overhaul faces a test of partisanship

The day President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in early 2002, he flew to a high school in Hamilton, Ohio, the home district of Rep. John A. Boehner, and then that afternoon, appeared in Boston and praised the bill’s Democratic sponsor in the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Nearly a dozen years later, that bipartisanship spirit in federal education policy has evaporated.

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Education leaders call for moratorium on testing

A number of education leaders are calling for a moratorium on annual student assessments until Maryland switches to tests that match a new curriculum being implemented in classrooms. The state teachers union and school superintendents association said they would support a halt to the Maryland School Assessment, given annually to students in the third through eighth grade.

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Powerball winner donates $2M to repair Maine school

Gloria MacKenzie, whose $590.5 million prize in June was the largest single-winner Powerball jackpot ever, has promised to donate about $2 million to Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where her children attended school and her daughter has taught for 39 years.

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Newtown approves use of grant money for new school

Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December.

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Blount County (Tenn.) Board of Education approves budget that eliminates 84 positions, including 29 layoffs

The recommended budget was slightly different from a budget presented June 27. The school board approved an $81.3 million budget in that earlier meeting, which the County Budget Committee declined July 8 to pass over to the full County Commission.

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Edgewood (Ohio) schools OK gun-toting administrators 

Edgewood Schools joins a handful of Ohio schools that have approved letting school personnel carry weapons, as officials explore ways to improve security in the aftermath of deadly school shootings last year in Connecticut and Northeast Ohio.

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N.C. education budget gets glum reception from CMS leaders, public-school advocates

The lack of raises for teachers and other state employees, a $120 million cut in state spending for teacher assistants, and the shifting of $10 million to vouchers for private schools were described by many as a backward move for a state once known for valuing public education.

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Teachers hit the books to master new education standards

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

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Education overhaul faces a rest of partisanship

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill aimed at greatly narrowing the federal role in public education that was expanded under No Child Left Behind. No Democrat voted for the bill, called the Student Success Act, and the Obama administration has threatened to veto it.

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