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Updated graduation requirements on Colo. board of education agenda

An advisory council has been crafting minimum standards in four core subjects that would be required to graduate from Colorado high schools — baselines that could be achieved through a variety of standardized test scores or other means.

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Conn. Gov. tells Hartford parents he's still fighting for education reform

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed Connecticut's education reform bill into law a year ago, the Vine Street school was called the Milner Core Knowledge Academy. Malloy had often identified Milner as the kind of chronically failing school he wanted to transform.

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Education reform's next big thing: Common Core standards ramp up

What's going on at this school in Loveland, Colo., as well as across the United States, is a key step in a long-running shift to national standards. These Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, have the potential to drastically change curriculum in elementary, middle, and high schools around the country.

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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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