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Education leaders call for moratorium on testing

A number of education leaders are calling for a moratorium on annual student assessments until Maryland switches to tests that match a new curriculum being implemented in classrooms. The state teachers union and school superintendents association said they would support a halt to the Maryland School Assessment, given annually to students in the third through eighth grade.

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Powerball winner donates $2M to repair Maine school

Gloria MacKenzie, whose $590.5 million prize in June was the largest single-winner Powerball jackpot ever, has promised to donate about $2 million to Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where her children attended school and her daughter has taught for 39 years.

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Newtown approves use of grant money for new school

Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December.

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Blount County (Tenn.) Board of Education approves budget that eliminates 84 positions, including 29 layoffs

The recommended budget was slightly different from a budget presented June 27. The school board approved an $81.3 million budget in that earlier meeting, which the County Budget Committee declined July 8 to pass over to the full County Commission.

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Edgewood (Ohio) schools OK gun-toting administrators 

Edgewood Schools joins a handful of Ohio schools that have approved letting school personnel carry weapons, as officials explore ways to improve security in the aftermath of deadly school shootings last year in Connecticut and Northeast Ohio.

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N.C. education budget gets glum reception from CMS leaders, public-school advocates

The lack of raises for teachers and other state employees, a $120 million cut in state spending for teacher assistants, and the shifting of $10 million to vouchers for private schools were described by many as a backward move for a state once known for valuing public education.

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Teachers hit the books to master new education standards

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

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Education overhaul faces a rest of partisanship

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill aimed at greatly narrowing the federal role in public education that was expanded under No Child Left Behind. No Democrat voted for the bill, called the Student Success Act, and the Obama administration has threatened to veto it.

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Bullying most prevalent in middle school, report finds

Slightly more than half of all reported incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation happened at middle schools across the state. High schools reported 26 percent of bullying cases, while elementary schools had the fewest bullying incidents -- 18 percent.

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Forgot your homework? Mom can't bring it to school in Summit (N.J.) anymore

Parents of Summit school children received that news in an email sent mid-afternoon on Friday, July 19. The reasons for these changes are “the responsibility to put the safety of our students foremost,” the letter said.

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