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Mensa kids can face difficulty finding right school

Victoria, Elizabeth, and Kate Wilson share more than just their DNA. The 9-year-old triplets have also all qualified to join Mensa, the exclusive high IQ society, after scoring within the top 2 percent on a designated IQ test. As they approach their next birthday, their parents are considering how to get them into the right education program.

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U.S. states still holding back on school spending

Public schools around the United States are still waiting to feel the recovery from an economic recession that officially ended four years ago, mostly because states have kept education spending low and property taxes remain depressed, according to a report released on Thursday.

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Volunteers from Seattle learn a lot from school in Zambia

Seattle’s Queen Anne Elementary School and the Dwankhozi Basic School in Zambia are trying to forge a relationship deep enough to be nourished by both differences and similarities. Ties between the schools are the latest fruit of Dwankhozi Hope, an organization founded in 2006 by an emigrant from Zambia and friends who are part of the Queen Anne community.

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Michelle Obama to visit Wisconsin school to promote water

On Thursday afternoon, more than 1,500 students will gather at Watertown High School to welcome first lady Michelle Obama at the launch of a nationwide campaign to get Americans to drink more water.

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Lawmakers agree to tweak Utah’s school grading law

Gov. Gary Herbert said he is negotiating with Senate President Wayne Niederhauser on legislation that would add more detail to the state of Utah’s controversial new school grading system. He said without changes the grades offer little help to parents and educators looking to improve education.

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Panel rules that 13 Arkansas school districts can arm teachers and staff

A state board has voted to allow 13 school districts in Arkansas to continue using teachers, administrators, and other staff as armed guards, despite a warning from the state's top attorney that the licensing law they relied upon was intended for private businesses.

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Over one million educators & students to make their mark on September 15

Over a million children and adults around the globe will celebrate International Dot Day (Sept. 15), a grassroots “creativity & courage” movement, which has generated support around the globe, from participants in all 50 U.S. states, on all seven continents, in 75 countries, and even on the International Space Station.

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Ohio Board of Ed president wants Toni Morrison novel scrubbed from state Common Core materials

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

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Philly launches education supply fund

Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.

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School officials say millions in Tenn. state funding at risk, could close schools Oct. 1

School officials said the Oak Ridge system has failed a state maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year. After some budget adjustments, there is a $250,000 shortfall, school officials said, and they want the city to cover it. It’s the equivalent of a 2.5-cent property tax rate increase.

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