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Hard Newtown Questions

Another polarizing gun control debate won't prevent the next mass shooting.

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Do We Need More Elite High Schools?

Anyone who writes a column always has second thoughts: columns you wrote but wish you hadn't; things you said that you might now modify or things you wish you'd said; and columns that, for some reason, went unwritten. As 2012 ends, let me atone for at least the last sin by writing, as I intended to do earlier, about a book-length study called "Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools."

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Carmel Senator Authors Bill to Allow Schools to Set Class Schedules

A Carmel state senator is again trying to give administrators at top-performing schools the flexibility to set class schedules as they see fit.

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Nonpublic Special Education School Graduates Outpace Their Peers In Public Settings

A new study found that students with disabilities who graduate from nonpublic schools in Baltimore are more likely than their public school classmates to be employed, enrolled in a post-secondary school and living independently and are less likely to have been exposed to the juvenile justice system.

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Math Skills In Children Attributed To Motivation And Study Techniques -- Not IQ Score, Study Shows

Looks like Tiger Mom had it half-right: Motivation to work hard and good study techniques, not IQ, lead to better math skills, a new study shows.

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Colleges Using Online Chat Rooms to Reach High School Students

Colleges nationwide have taken to using online chat rooms as a way of reaching high school students in what these days is their natural habitat: the Internet.

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Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens of Schools

Facing deep financial problems, the Philadelphia School District has proposed an unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June — roughly one out of six public schools.

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Arkansas Schools Ask State Supreme Court Not to Reconsider Property Tax Ruling

School districts involved in a lawsuit over school funding are asking the state Supreme Court not to reconsider its ruling that allows districts to keep excess property tax revenue if they raise more money than what is set under Arkansas' funding formula.

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Charities, Schools Struggle to Feed Oregon's Hungry Kids

In the face of more poverty and fewer resources, schools have become hubs for charitable programs, where churches, government agencies and charities deliver donations and services directly to children.

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$100M Legal Claim In Newtown School Shooting Is Withdrawn By Lawyer

A $100 million legal claim filed against the state of Connecticut in the wake of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting has been withdrawn for now, local media reported Tuesday.

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