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Low-income students nearing majority in U.S. public schools

Nearly half of all students in public schools are now considered low income and therefore eligible for free or reduced lunch. And in 17 states, those students are already the majority, says a new report.

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Report: 10 percent of students miss too much school

An estimated one in 10 students in the United States are chronically absent from school, increasing the chances they will fall behind or drop out.

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Career tech shifts into higher gear

More states and districts are making changes to their career tech programs to better prepare graduates for today’s jobs. Students are learning business etiquette and more complex technology.

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New CMS schools, programs could offer options for hundreds

The expanding menu of CMS options comes at a time when the district is competing with a growing number of charter schools (public schools run by independent boards). North Carolina is also rolling out tax-supported scholarships to help low-income families attend private schools starting in 2014.

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BioStart program fosters science education

Kenneth McMartin, LSU Health Sciences Center professor and BioStart program director, sees the program as an opportunity for youth to get actively engaged in not only learning science, but also creating meaningful relationships with mentors through the initiative.

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Indiana schools use new technology to keep students safe, prevent bullying

The computer program, developed in Indiana, works in “the cloud” to detect dangerous words posted on Facebook. If threatening words or indications of violence or suicide are found through the Social Net Watcher algorithm, the system will send a push alert to school administrators.

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Portland Public Schools sets goal for all ninth-graders to complete high school or equivalent in five years

Only 79 percent of Portland students currently complete high school in five years or less, according to data for students who were supposed to graduate in 2011. That puts Portland in the bottom one-third of the state for five-year high school completion.

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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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