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Three Canadian Schools Adopt "Learn to Read" Remediation

Students who struggled with their reading during the last school year are finding that nothing has changed: They still cannot properly read. These children are not alone. The International Dyslexia Association reports that a researched minimum of 5% of school children fail to learn to read in spite of adequate instruction, motivation, and intelligence. A shocking 95% of these children reach junior high undiagnosed and unremediated.

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Four Mass. Schools Hailed for Comprehensive Assessment Gains

Littleton Middle School, Day Elementary School in Westford, Lowell Community Charter School, and Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica were all recognized as commendation schools due to their impressive Massachusetts Assessment scores.

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Iowa Schools Struggle with Debt from Unpaid Lunches

School districts in Iowa, among other places, are facing a delicate balancing act: Find a way to collect past-due balances for school meals while ensuring that students don’t go hungry.

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2012-2013 School Budget Cuts Has Scholastic Worried

Scholastic, publisher of the "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" series of children's books, said revenue from the education sector fell 17 percent in the latest quarter, contributing to a wider loss than a year earlier. The company blamed some of the revenue fall on schools holding back spending ahead of the looming fiscal cliff, nearly $1.2 trillion in across-the-broad spending cuts, offset partly by tax hikes, that will hit the U.S. economy if Congress does not agree to changes.

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Shrewsbury (Mass.) PS Planning for Difficult Financial Year

With school officials anticipating a difficult financial year ahead of them, School Committee members want to meet with other town boards early in the school year to discuss priorities for the district.

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Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds

Whites are still largely concentrated in schools with other whites, leaving the largest minority groups — black and Latino students — isolated in classrooms, according to a new analysis of Department of Education data.

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Trial Resumes Over Suburban Shelby County (Tenn.) Schools

The trial has resumed in Memphis where a federal judge is hearing arguments on whether a state law that allows the six small cities in Shelby County to start their own schools is constitutional. Proceedings got back under way Thursday after a two-week recess.

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High Mercury Levels Prompt Schools to Can Tuna from Lunches

A coalition of consumer groups is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.

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Chicago Students Return to School After Strike

Chicago Public Schools returned to their classrooms Wednesday with pay raises on the horizon after a seven-day strike, but details on how the cash-strapped district would pay for them remained scarce.

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‘Quiet Revolution’ Gains Momentum as Parchment Delivers 4 Millionth e-Transcript

The industry-leading e-Transcript exchange network doubled the volume of e-Transcripts delivered in each of the past four years, and year-over-year growth is expected to double again in 2012. Institutions tapped Docufide to exchange nearly 1 million transcripts through the first six months of this year alone.

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