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Obama administration funding cops in schools

Justice Department announces about $45 million in funding to create 356 new school resource officer positions, an idea not too far removed from an National Rifle Association proposal to make sure schools are protected by “good guys with guns.”

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Fees pile up for parents in Colorado public schools

Strapped school district budgets, caused by dwindling state and federal dollars, are forcing parents to dig deeper into their pockets as more school systems in Colorado and across the country turn to student fees to maintain services and programs.

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Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core

There's disagreement over whether teacher-training programs are doing enough to prepare aspiring educators for the dramatic changes they will encounter in classrooms across the United States.

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Georgia school district considers arming officers with semi-automatic rifles

Some school officials in Gainesville want to arm their school resource officers with assault rifles, in addition to the sidearms they currently carry. Officials say the rifles would be stored in a safe for emergencies only.

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Report says truancy in California schools may cost state billions

California must act to reduce rampant truancy that saw an estimated 1 million elementary students absent in the last school year and may cost the state billions of dollars through increased crime and poverty, according to state attorney general's office.

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Arne Duncan: Why I am optimistic about education in America

During the past 4-1/2 years, and on my recent bus tour of the Southwest, I saw great principals and teachers; courageous leaders from the business, faith, and nonprofit sectors; engaged parents; and communities pulling together to serve students.

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Computer grading will destroy our schools

Feeding essays into a computer program tells students: No one cares what you have to say.

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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

The Agriculture Department says 524 schools – out of about 100,000 – have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

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Pflugerville ISD hires new superintendent

The Pflugerville school board unanimously named Alex Torrez the superintendent of the 23,430-student district. Torrez signed a three-year contract at 7 a.m., and immediately stepped into his new position.

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Carey Wright named new Mississippi State Superintendent of Education

Dr. Carey Wright, a 36-year veteran of teaching and school administration, has spent the majority of her career in Maryland, which ranked first in the nation for five consecutive years, based on the 2013 Quality Counts report on educational quality.

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