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Massachusetts High School Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

Graduation rates at Massachusetts public high schools increased for the sixth consecutive year, state officials announced this afternoon. Some 84.7 percent of students who entered high schools in fall 2008 graduated last year, an increase of 4.8 percentage points from six years earlier, according to the newly released data.

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Denver Public School Closed After Bomb Threat

Authorities conducted a full investigation Thursday after a Denver-area public school received a bomb threat, according to KDVR.com. The threat was made against the Bruce Randolph School late Wednesday and police searched the campus, the report said. The school remained closed to allow for a full investigation.

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Connecticut Commission Meets on School Safety Post-Newtown Massacre

The Connecticut police investigation into the shooting last month at a Newtown elementary school will continue through June and no criminal prosecution is expected, a state prosecutor said on Thursday.

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Pa. School Superintendent Still Works for Free

A southwestern Pennsylvania school district superintendent who stayed on the job for free to help guide a $60 million building project has decided to work without pay for three more years.

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Los Angeles-Area School District Brings in High-Powered Assault Weapons

Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre.

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Rubio Wants Ed Reform, Scott Proposes Teacher Raise

Rubio-Style Reform? Republican rising star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday that lawmakers must pay more attention to the "skills gap" between existing jobs and the lack of qualified employees to fill them, reports The Hill. Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce, Rubio said of education, "because it's not controversial, it's not getting nearly enough attention as it needs to be getting."

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Chardon (Ohio) Schools Unveils Three Finalists for Superintendent Position

The next Chardon (Ohio) Schools superintendent will be chosen from a pool of three finalists, all of whom currently serve as area school district administrators. The three finalists to replace retiring Joseph Bergant are Painesville City Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon, Willoughby South High School Principal Paul Lombardo and Brunswick Schools Assistant Superintendent Joelle Magyar.

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Mr. Obama, Here's How to Become the Education President

President Obama has defined education as a cornerstone of his legacy as president. He draws upon rich historical traditions such as the GI Bill that broadened education from classical and professional training to an expectation for most Americans.

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National Heritage Academies Institute Enhanced Field Trip Safety Measures

An innovative field trip safety measure is being piloted by National Heritage Academies at four of its charter schools.

The four National Heritage Academies that are participating in the pilot program are Emerson Academy in Dayton, Ohio; Greensboro Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina; Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac, Michigan.

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STEM Program Certification Awarded by Georgia Department of Education

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to the Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School.

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