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Closings planned for Pittsburgh Public Schools

With Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane planning to propose school closings next month, board member Regina Holley said some communities already have lost too many schools.

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Do schools' anti-bullying programs really help?

The suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, the latest in a series of student suicides allegedly tied to bullying, has educators nationwide reviewing their schools' prevention programs. Reports are mixed as to effectiveness, with one study finding they can have unintended negative effects.

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Schools aren't teaching kids to code; here's who is filling the gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts in math and science skills. But computer science is in even worse shape.

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Elementary students in Florida district adjust to life without PE

District officials pushed elementary schools in Pinellas County this year to condense the state-mandated 150 minutes of weekly PE into three days instead of five. More than 40 schools moved from 30 minutes of daily PE to 50-minute blocks three days a week.

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Study: Almost half of public school students are now low-income

In 2011, there were 17 states where at least half of all public school students came from low-income families, up from just four in 2000. Across the whole country, 48 percent of kids qualified as low income, up from 38 percent a decade earlier.

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New Orleans high schools: then and now

The trajectories of schools that the state Recovery School District seized after Katrina have differed. Some never reopened; others reopened then closed; and some still exist, but in radically different form

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Why do teachers quit?

Former teacher and researcher says anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.

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HIV and AIDS education in schools needs updating

At the beginning of the AIDS panic, misinformation about how HIV could and could not be transmitted was the norm and not the exception. As we move into the fourth decade since we discovered that HIV causes AIDS, panic has subsided thanks to accurate education. Unfortunately, some of our schools have fallen woefully short of providing up-to-date training for teachers and administrators—to the detriment of our children.

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On the road to school success

We are beginning to see real results in America’s cities, the epicenters of innovation, including the four we lead: Denver; Providence, R.I.; San Antonio; and Sacramento, Calif. Long before we entered the political arena, each of us lived in the city we now lead. We attended public schools and sat at those desks—and through that connection, we know that public education can work.

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Corona stepping down as West Baton Rouge school superintendent

West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona announced that he’s retiring from the school system effective in July, saying it’s time to pass the torch to someone who can “take the district to the next level.”

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