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Hillsborough (Fla.) school board spars over grant for sex education

The grant provides professional development and technical assistance to school districts and would put into place activities to help schools improve student health, prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and gather county-specific data related to health education.

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How free lunches pay off for schools

The $2 billion federal E-Rate program gives schools discounts of up to 90 percent on their telephone and internet service, based on free and reduced-price lunch rates. Many districts also use lunch to calculate federal funding for individual schools.

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New York Education Dept.: 91.5% of teachers rated effective

The results come after the state released new student assessment scores as part of the Common Core program last summer that showed just 31 percent of New York students in elementary and middle schools were proficient in math and reading.

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Segregating English learners in schools

Children might benefit from true immersion in the language they're seeking to learn, but that's not what most L.A. Unified students, especially the Spanish speakers, receive on a daily basis.

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Common Core courtesy

The Education Department claimed the forum was “co-opted by special interests.” Mr. King is quoted by the Albany Times Union as justifying the suspension because the “disruptions caused by the special interests have deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments. ... Essentially, dialogue has been denied.”

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Nevada school shooting shows limits of security

In January, the National Rifle Association, hoping to deflect criticism as well as efforts to tighten gun control laws, promoted a "more guns" national strategy for school safety. The so-called "School Shield Program" would furnish every school in America, regardless of size or grade level, with trained sharpshooters.

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Sandy one year later: Some damaged schools still unable to sound the alarm

P.S. 207 is one of seven school buildings with a fire guard instead of a working alarm, and one of 30 schools with temporary boilers hooked up outside. These were supposed to be quick Band-Aids, to get kids and teachers back in the classrooms as soon as possible.

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Pot tax would boost Colo. school funds

Up to $40 million per year in future taxes could go to public school construction under the proposal, which is before Colorado voters in the Nov. 5 mail ballot election.

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Work begins to demolish Sandy Hook Elementary School

The firehouse is still there, just as it was on the day of the shooting, except for the 26 bronze stars adorning its roof: one for each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The school is still there too, a short walk up the road, but not for long. This week, gates guarding one of the nation's most notorious crime scenes quietly swung open to heavy machinery and construction trucks as work began to demolish the campus where 20 first-graders and six school employees died Dec. 14.

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Sequestration cuts lead to bigger classes, shuttered arts programs in schools

If sequestration continues, the pain for school districts dependent on impact aid will worsen.

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