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Russell County Middle School on Alabama's failing schools list

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

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Fujitsu, MIT announce breakthrough on online learning platform

Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced on June 17 the joint development of a personalized learning platform to enhance the effectiveness of online learning.

The top 5 myths about farm-to-school programs

One of the most promising models for changing the way we feed kids is known as "farm-to-school," and it involves connecting schools with fresh, locally grown food and food and agriculture education opportunities. But there are still some common misconceptions. Here are the top 5 myths about farm-to-school.

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Judge orders new Texas school finance trial

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, State District Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6. The suit was filed last summer after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding while simultaneously implementing a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

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South Dakota gets grants for eight after-school programs

The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, guaranteed for five years, for eight after-school programs. The money will support tutoring, homework help, music, arts, sports, and other after-school activities.

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Missouri offers relief on impending school transfers

This fall, school districts throughout Missouri will have new directives from the state that provide leeway in how to handle a potential influx of students transferring from unaccredited school systems.

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Philadelphia commission votes to revise outdated school donation policy

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to change a 31-year-old policy, now making it easier for schools to accept much-needed grants or donations. The original policy, established in 1982, said that gifts, grants, donations, or scholarships of $5,000 or more needed approval. Today, getting approval for such a small amount has become a burden.

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Are school technology investments paying off?

While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. The bottom line: Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck, according to a new report.

California elementary school to be named for Michelle Obama

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to name an area elementary school in first lady Michelle Obama’s honor. The name was selected for Mrs. Obama's support of a healthy, active lifestyle, after which the school models itself.

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Chicago union chief faults ‘rich white people’ for city’s education mess

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

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