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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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Bloomfield, N.J. BOE selects middle school principal as superintendent

After a five-month search, the board of ed voted 5-3 to appoint Salvatore Goncalves, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, to take the reins as superintendent of the 6,100-student district.

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Durham schools superintendent under fire for credit-card spending

The Durham Board of Ed will hold a special meeting next week to discuss Superintendent Eric Becoats’ spending on a school district-issued credit card. Records show Becoats spent more than $20,000 on the credit card from July 2012 to June 2013 for out-of-state conferences, meals with colleagues, travel expenses and more.

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Denver, Douglas County school board races draw big bucks

Candidates vying for school board seats on the state's most watched school districts—Denver Public Schools and in Douglas County—have attracted nearly $900,000 in donations, according to the first round of campaign finance reports.

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Miami-Dade board votes down transportation outsourcing study

Amid protests from hundreds of bus drivers and aides, the Miami-Dade School Board voted down a controversial proposed transportation outsourcing study, citing as their reason that the district already knows its transportation costs—down to $69 million from about $83 million three years ago—are less than Duval County’s privatized services.

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New Pa. school tests find results similar to old tests

With the release of the School Performance Profiles nearly two weeks ago, the state has a new accountability system, but it appears the same schools are as the top of the rankings and the same schools are at the bottom as under the old system.

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Gov. Tom Corbett to release $45 million to Philly schools

Just weeks after the death of a Philadelphia schoolgirl and amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District.

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Connolly calls his 3 years as a teacher a vital qualification

Just before Easter in 1995, Harvard senior John R. Connolly went to Manhattan's Lower East Side at the urging of his Spanish professor, a Jesuit priest, to visit a boys’ school for low-income immigrant families. Because of that experience, he ended up teaching for three years. That time in his life has become part of his campaign biography, as the city council member and experienced corporate lawyer runs to become Boston’s “education mayor.”

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