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Pennsylvania schools work on computer skills so students are ready for online exams

Teachers worry that upcoming online exams may unfairly assess student progress and understanding, or worse, that students will be penalized by unforeseen and all-too-common problems in being connected to the Internet as states and school districts work to upgrade lesson plans and infrastructure.

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Annex planned at Chicago school where crowding has divided neighbors

After an oft-heated community debate over how to solve overcrowding at an elementary school in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the city said Monday it will build an annex with about 19 classrooms and a multipurpose room on the site of the current school.

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Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools

Dozens of pre-kindergartners were suspended last school year in Maryland, with the most suspensions in Baltimore, highlighting a little-known practice that some education experts say is too extreme for toddlers who are just being introduced to educational settings.

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Buffalo turnaround administrator forced to resign after heavy criticism from state

The Buffalo Public Schools’ top administrator in charge of school turnaround plans has been forced to resign a day after state officials told district leaders about serious problems in instruction, leadership and Central Office support at three underachieving schools.

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Study: Struggling Miami-Dade schools benefited from teacher transfers

Beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in 2012, principals in 73 Miami-Dade schools identified and transferred 375 low-performing teachers “in the best interest” of the school district. The result: Test scores improved notably under new teachers who stepped in to replace those transferred.

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Marijuana problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization

School officials are anecdotally reporting an increase in marijuana-related incidents in middle and high schools after the 2010 regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries and the 2012 vote to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Minneapolis schools to double down on grade gap

Some classrooms in Minneapolis’ most struggling schools could soon have two teachers as the district turns to drastic steps to boost achievement in the wake of a new report showing academic results for minority students continue to lag.

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Time for schools to talk race, not diversity

Even controlling for income, achievement gaps between black and white students and Hispanic and white students persist, evidenced by a recent analysis of standardized test results in Ohio. In that study, poor white kids outperformed black kids from both poor and wealthy families.

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The stereotypes about math that hold Americans back

In mathematics education we suffer from the widespread, distinctly American idea that only some people can be “math people.” The Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions.

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Florida districts turn to Odysseyware for career and technical education support

With the renewed interest and necessity of college and career readiness offerings, districts are searching for a partner that can help their students and support their administrations’ goals.