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Arizona school district expands popular toddler program

The program is designed for families to join their toddlers as they interact with other children age 5 and younger. It can be as beneficial for parents as well as their children, as Flocken learned.

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Core Standards, lack of aid strain Pennsylvania schools

Now, it seems, the state is giving the green light not only to the standards but also to related exams that students will have to pass to graduate from high school. But it is not providing additional funding to implement the mandates, and educators in Philadelphia and other cash-strapped districts say their students are being set up for failure.

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Lawmakers consider taxing Utah’s larger families more for schools

A family of four would pay about $400 more each year, she said. Since most families get tax refunds, those would typically be smaller.

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W.Va. considers emergency injections for schools

Teachers, secretaries and other aides could receive training from nurses to administer the EpiPens, the most common self-injectable form of epinephrine. The auto-injectors contain adrenaline and treat anaphylaxis, a life-threatening, body-wide allergic reaction.

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Early childhood education key to avoiding jail later in life

That’s one reason why Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis is joining with the national advocacy group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids to push Congress to pass a $75 billion proposal that would provide states including Mississippi with resources to create, strengthen, and expand quality state preschool to serve low- to moderate-income 4 year-olds nationwide.

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New York education chief defends cancellation of Common Core forums

In his first public appearance since he was shouted down in Poughkeepsie last Thursday, King said the remaining four New York State Parent Teacher Association forums won't be rescheduled, but that he is looking to create "other opportunities to have dialogue with parents."

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Increased oversight, reduced funding threaten public education

Threats of increased state oversight and reduced funding are leveled against schools that do not meet complex standards. Ultimately, these guidelines reduce the rigor and flexibility of academic instruction.

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Thinking sensibly about charter schools

The problem of assigning students with special needs to stronger schools afflicts the entire system. It is a mistake to single out charter schools, many of which are high-performing, for shortcomings that are common across the board.

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Mayor, state officials praise Brockton’s (Mass.) share of $10 billion in school building

A ceremony today will mark the rehabilitation of eight schools in the city, which received aid from a state agency geared to oversee construction projects in schools across the state. Mayor Linda Balzotti and state Treasurer Steven Grossman will recognize the efforts by the Massachusetts Schools Building Authority, or MSBA, which has so far invested more than $103 million in Brockton schools.

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School construction tax effort gears up in Orange (Fla.)

After some reservations about how the district was spending construction money in the years since, Batchelor said he is back on board, impressed by the work of John Morris, the schools' facilities director since 2011.

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