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Online Test Security Breached at Denver Middle School

About 35 sixth-graders at DSST Stapleton learned some hard lessons about cheating last month. The students were caught worming their way into an online instant assessment program in science and English (called “mastery checks”) and changing answers so their teachers would believe they had mastered subjects.

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Mississippi Board Approves STEM Magnet School

The Natchez-Adams (Miss.) School District will operate a magnet school beginning in the fall with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Natchez Democrat reports that the school board voted this past week to locate the magnet school at the former Robert Lewis Middle School. The program will have 125 sixth-grade students.

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Leaving a Generation Behind in Failing Schools Is Wrong

Detroit's students, and students in struggling schools statewide, deserve representatives that fight for them. We've all heard the facts that came to light once Michigan's worst schools had to open their doors -- single-digit proficiency rates in reading and math, and 38,000 pounds of trash crammed around desks and in the halls. These are the conditions far too many of Michigan's children face every day, and now there is an organized effort to lock them in for years to come.

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South Jersey Districts Seek Approval for Tax Increases

School administrators at the Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional, Moorestown, Mount Laurel and Kingsway Regional districts cite rising salary costs, new curriculum standards and spikes in special education enrollment for a budget trend pushing tax levy caps to the maximum.

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Wisconsin School Leaders Say Governor Walker's Budget Falls Short

Public school leaders are analyzing what Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget will do for education. Walker has proposed a budget that freezes general funding for Wisconsin’s public schools, introduces new incentive payments for districts, expands resources for the state’s voucher and charter schools and devotes significant money for evaluation in public schools.

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Have Schools Been Co-opted by Liberal Agenda?

Since the educational community cannot or will not change, school choice is the only alternative which would give our citizens a chance to choose a school without a liberal agenda inside of the curriculum and which fulfills the desire for superior educational results.

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Federal School Improvement Grants Running Out

Nearly three years ago, San Francisco's Everett Middle School was labeled one of the worst schools not only in the state, but in the country. It was a run-down school with low test scores and teachers who didn't come back after summer break. Technology was sparse, as were books, and too few parents wanted to send their kids there. But with the lowest-of-the-low label came money. Lots of money.

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Study Points Way to Better Public Schools

If KIPP charter schools can find a way to raise math and reading scores of low-income students who deserve the same educational opportunities as everybody else, so can other public and charter schools.

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Verdicts in Steubenville High School Rape Trial

Two Ohio high school football players have been found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that roiled a small city and stirred reaction from activists online. Judge Thomas Lipps ruled Sunday in juvenile court that Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond are guilty of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August.

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Retired Texas Superintendent Throws Support Behind Board Newcomer

The popular retired Plano superintendent Doug Otto has publicly endorsed a candidate for the first time in about three decades, and it is not a trustee he worked with on the school board.

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