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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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Another international test. Another predictable call for more rigor. Is that the real story?

There’s a lot of fanfare around Tuesday’s release of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores, including a PISA day webcast featuring U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the group that administers the international benchmark test, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Michigan school turns homework on its head with flipped instruction

Walk the halls of Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, and the school doesn't appear out of the ordinary. You'd find the typical smells and the sprawling nondescript interior, as well as the persistent challenges confronting many American public high schools serving mostly low-income students. Yet, there's a stark difference in the way instruction is delivered.

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U.S. schools still separate and unequal

The reason is that students in the United States once again scored poorly against their peers in other nations of the world. U.S. results, in fact, haven’t budged on these tests in a decade, despite a patchwork quilt of reform efforts from coast to coast.

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Kentucky education chief warns of possible layoffs

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is warning that school districts will have to cut up to 2,000 teachers and teaching assistants if lawmakers don't restore school funding cuts. The DOE has asked lawmakers for $336 million more in state funding for the 2014-16 budget biennium to restore funding to pre-recession levels.

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Department of Education launches financial aid toolkit website

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new website that will support college advisors and high school guidance counselors in selecting the best course of access and affordability for prospective students. The Financial Aid Toolkit combines the vast scope of financial aid resources and other related materials into a large, searchable database.

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Texas school allegedly tried to ban students from speaking Spanish

A Texas middle school has found itself in the middle of a heated controversy over student rights, educational practices and multiculturalism. According to KHOU-TV, the principal at Hempstead Middle School is on paid administrative leave after trying to ban students from speaking Spanish in class.

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Beaverton (Ore.) parents ask questions about school district construction bond projects

If passed, it would be the largest bond measure in Oregon to date, but the district has said that it would not increase what property owners are already paying on school bonds. It will be on the May ballot.

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