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Central Texas school districts adjusting to serve homeless students

Waco ISD has more than 15-hundred students who are designated as homeless. The district has a grant funded department dedicated to helping remove any barriers that may keep these students from attending school.

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State officials could intervene quicker in failing Mo. school districts

The measure also would allow the state Board of Education to prescribe conditions under which a local board could continue overseeing a failing district. The state board also could set up an alternative governing structure, such as a special administrative board, merging the district with neighboring ones or splitting the district into several new ones.

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L.A. schools will no longer suspend a student for being defiant

The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.

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Buena Vista (Mich.) schools approve plan, await state action

The Buena Vista School District unceremoniously shut down ten days ago, sending staff and students home for the year after the district ran out of money. At Tuesday night’s emergency school board meeting there was almost universal confusion about what happens next.

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Do we really still need the Dept. of Education?

At least 178 teachers and principals are involved. Superintendent Beverly Hall is being prosecuted as the ringleader, allegedly raking in half a million dollars in bonuses for “excellence in academic achievement.” That “achievement” was changing the answers on students’ CRCT tests to reap millions for her district.

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New Wisc. reading test not appropriate for early education setting

What makes the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) inappropriate as a tool for 4K students? The test takes a minimum of 45 minutes of one-on-one testing per child. It has no applicability to children who are learning English. Centers will “teach to the test.”

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Wyo. elementary school won't open by next school year

Southridge Elementary School won't be ready for the first day of school as planned. Representatives of W.N. McMurry Construction Co. told the Natrona County School District board of trustees Monday that April snowstorms caused the delay.

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'Safe Routes to School' construction planned for Calif. schools

The project, which involves the construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, ramps, and flashing beacons on streets around the two schools which are located next to each other on Etiwanda Avenue.

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New study: does better recess equal a better school day?

The randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe, healthy recess in low-income elementary schools in 22 U.S. cities, found that the program reduced bullying, enhanced feelings of safety at school, increased vigorous physical activity during recess, and provided more time for classroom teaching.

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New edges available now with many Explore™ Tables and other Bretford products

The Bretford polyurethane edges are molded, which allows them to be formed into unique shapes. Available in reverse knife (Edge 18) and quarter round (Edge 19) styles, these edges are shaped on the user side and are flat on the remaining sides and back to allow them to fit closely together for a clean connection with other tables.

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