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American high school students slip in global education rankings

The influential Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its triennial study of global education systems, and once again, the U.S. earns bad grades. According to the study, American 15 year-olds tested were average in reading and science skills, and below-average in math.

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Ed secretary Duncan wants Nevada to examine commitment to education

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, during a visit to Las Vegas, urged Nevada to invest more in education. In town to speak at two national conferences, Duncan visited a local elementary school and high school. He also participated in a panel discussion and town hall about the state of education in the United States.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools plan includes central office cuts, school closings

Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane this morning outlined a two-year proposal which starts with nonpersonnel budget cuts in the district's central office in February and includes decisions by November on more school closings for 2015-16.

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Zuckerberg, Gates foundations give $9 million to improve schools' Net connections

The grant will enable EducationSuperHighway to get more schools to test their Internet speeds. So far, 26 state education departments -- but not California's -- have signed on to assess their schools' digital tools.

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Students arrive despite partial Jackson (Miss.) bus driver walkout

JPS bus drivers marched down Watkins Drive today from Watkins Elementary School to Lake Hico Park while shouting their demands.

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Huntsville City (Ala.) Schools to offer students cash for ACT success

For every component of the test the students reach a benchmark score on, the school will pay the student $50. If the student achieves an overall score of 22 or higher, they’ll get an extra $100.

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Four new groups, including 2 virtual academies, apply to create charter schools in Maine

Four more organizations have submitted lengthy applications to the Maine Charter School Commission to open new schools next fall, including two that are vying to be Maine’s first statewide, Internet-based “virtual schools.”

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Five Las Vegas high schools scrubbed amid norovirus fears

Five Las Vegas Valley high schools and their athletic facilities are being cleaned in the wake of last week’s norovirus outbreak linked to a visiting football team.

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Class rank a dying measure in Iowa high schools

Fears that students from high-performing programs could be penalized in the admissions process helped spur the movement, said Melissa Clinedinst, assistant director of research for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, based in Arlington, Va.

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Want to look great on global education surveys? Only test the top students

Once again, Shanghai students have outperformed their peers around the world, topping tests of mathematics, reading, and science, in the annual OECD PISA survey of global education.

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