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Ed chief lets states delay use of tests in teacher job decisions

Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests.

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Jordan (Utah) School District says it needs 19 new schools in next decade

The Jordan School District is expecting enrollment to increase by more than 29,000 students in the next 10 years for the communities it serves, which include Herriman, South Jordan, Riverton, Bluffdale and West Jordan.

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Flint (Mich.) School District looking to call back 50 teachers, lay off 21 other staffers

There are 21 layoffs recommended for the board of education’s approval at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 E. Kearsley St.

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Many school districts don't offer text emergency alerts; better chance locally

But many parents were unaware of the lockdown and of a manhunt launched by authorities. Text and email alerts were sent, but most parents of the district’s 5,000 students were not signed up to receive them.

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Lake Travis (Texas) school district approves attendance rezone

The school board voted unanimously to adopt the recommended attendance zones drawn by the attendance rezoning committee over a period of months.

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Boston poised to begin condom giveaway in high schools

Condoms are already available in 19 high schools with on-site health centers. The policy, up for a vote by the Boston School Committee, would expand distribution to all 32 high schools in the system.

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Wisc. Assembly to boost voucher schools in budget

In a last-minute set of changes to the state budget, Assembly Republican leaders plan to boost school voucher programs, remove a proposed cap on a property tax credit for disabled veterans and allow new rules to keep protesters away from the site of a proposed mine.

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Apple scores $30 million to sell iPads to LA schools

Among the devices considered, the iPad came out on top in both quality and price, at least according to the school district's requirements.

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Missouri education officials recommend preschool tests

The program’s website lists several areas in which preschool children are assessed, including language and mathematical development, physical skills and social interaction.

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Real solutions to our education funding

If you've been paying attention to the national news lately, you've certainly caught wind of the catastrophic budget problems that the Philadelphia public school system is currently facing. This isn't only happening in Pennsylvania, but other areas across the country that view budget cuts as an option to "fix" public schools.

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