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Panel OKs Education Department to build schools

The Education Department could use federal dollars to build schools for districts that suffer traumatic events such as those in Newtown, Conn., under an agreement the Senate education panel approved Wednesday.

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86 percent of kids in closing D.C. schools haven't re-enrolled

Only 14 percent of the students who attend closing DC Public Schools have re-enrolled in the school system for the fall, schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Tuesday.

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Summer construction heats up at Mobile County (Ala.) schools

With students away for the summer, the Mobile County school system is finishing up several construction projects and getting ready to launch new ones, including the much-anticipated new school at Calcedeaver Elementary in northwest Mobile County.

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Georgia district construction in final stage

Classrooms are quiet and halls dark at most Walker County schools, but not at Saddle Ridge Elementary and Middle School where construction continues at a fast and furious pace.

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Brainbow reaches 1m players with educational game 6 Numbers

London-based mobile games startup Brainbow has more than 1 million people playing its educational game 6 Numbers, eight weeks after it launched for iOS.

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Silverback Learning Adds $2.5M to support its SaaS platform

Idaho-based education software provider Silverback Learning Solutions announced a new round of funding today, adding $2.5 million from a collection of angel investors to help fuel its continued expansion.

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In response to Newtown shootings, some states move to put guns in classrooms

While most of the nation's students are enjoying summer break, teachers in a handful of states are studying – not their fall curriculum, but how to take out an assailant.

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Active-shooter drills advised for West Virginia schools

Every West Virginia school should practice responding to a gunman's attack at least annually, as part of a plan to guard against violence, the top prosecutor for the state's southern federal court district said Tuesday.

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Valuing physics over P.E., Colorado schools test novel pay scale

A wealthy school district in Colorado is launching a radical experiment that sets a different pay scale for each category of educator, ensuring that even the best third-grade teacher would never earn as much as a veteran high-school math teacher.

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Chicago Public Schools issues 5-year plan

An annual scorecard on the district's performance and greater accountability throughout the system are some of the promises outlined in the first long-term plan for Chicago Public Schools issued since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.

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