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Houston ISD board president backs changing Confederate-related names of schools

Amid a growing move to shed symbols of the old, slave-owning South, the Houston school board president said Thursday that she supports renaming six campuses named after Confederate loyalists.

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Missouri district loses record number of teachers

A record number of teachers in the Mehlville School District have turned in their resignations with the number growing to 55 this year - nearly three times of a normal year. In addition to recent budget cuts, the district hasn’t passed a tax levy increase for operations since 1986.

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The Confederacy's legacy: Should any of it stand?

What should we do about streets, schools and public buildings named after Confederates? It is important to eliminate hurtful images that glorify or legitimize the Confederacy's disgraceful values. But to what extent should we preserve symbols of the Confederacy for their educational value as reminders of that dark period in our nation's past?

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To fix Pennsylvania's school problems, go with what works

Instead of implementing experiments with no documentation of positive impact, let's use proven practices that actually have a history of working in the classroom: smaller class sizes, increased time for instruction in the classroom, and additional support services for children who are growing up in difficult circumstances.

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Taking a stand (literally) for health in schools

We can't put every kid through multi-year personalized health coaching, but we can let him or her do something they inherently want to do anyways — stand up and move. Standing desks can help students burn 15 to 25 percent more calories a day and can increase cognition and concentration.

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New York City announces free eyeglasses for community school students

The city will offer free vision screenings and pairs of glasses to every student in need at all 130 community schools — estimated at around 20,000 children. Close to $10 million will be spent on the program over the next four years.

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Legislators seek release of voucher funds without state Supreme Court ruling

North Carolina’s Senate and House leaders have asked the state’s highest court to release public money for private school vouchers for the coming school year while uncertainty remains about the constitutionality of the program.

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When school bullies get out of control, do parents share the blame?

After hearing oral arguments this week about bullying students at school, a Somerset County Superior Court judge will decide in a few weeks whether it is the school's fault or if bullies' families share in the blame and the legal liability.

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A California district's freshmen attend a new type of summer school

Napa Valley USD is operating this summer for the first time a math program for incoming freshmen called the Summer College Readiness Academy. Sponsored by UC Davis and the Migrant Education Program, the goal is to prepare students to transition to high school math and meet college and career ready requirements.

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Chicago school board approves more than $1 billion in new borrowing

Plans have been approved to borrow more than $1 billion in an effort to manage an immediate cash crunch and get through the coming budget year for the Chicago school system. The borrowing is on top of an existing line of credit of up to $500 million.

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