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Number of students in high-performing Denver schools dips slightly

The number of Denver students in high-performing schools in Denver declined 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by Denver Public Schools. Of the district’s 154 schools, 60 percent of students attend a school rated in the top two categories.

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Bethlehem Area school district to appeal charter expansion to state court

The district plans to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a lower court ruling that could allow a Bethlehem charter school to open a second location. The legal battle centers around the charter school wanting to open a dedicated middle school in a shuttered Catholic school. Bethlehem school officials argue state law prohibits that.

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School absence policies examined after child deaths in South Carolina

In the wake of the deaths of five Lexington County children, some weigh whether a statewide, uniform policy on school absences is needed. According to the State Department of Education, there is no uniform requirement on when and how schools should notify parents of an absent student.

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Homelessness on the rise among school-age children

New Education Department statistics say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. School districts reported that nearly 76,000 of these students were living on their own.

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Inconsistency in school test standards is not good for anyone

There’s nothing wrong with demanding accountability and higher standards, but inconsistency in the tools used to measure them doesn’t do anyone any good. Nor does excessive delays in reporting the measures, especially in this era of electronic, digital, high-tech testing and analytics.

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Report cards don't tell school's whole story

As an educational tool, Wisconsin's report cards for public schools can be educational for schools to spur improvement — but not everything that's important about a school or school district. Beware of any attempts by legislators or others to attach higher stakes to them, such as a loss of state funding or a loss of local control.

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The myth about public schools

The truth is, today's young people do need more, or at least different, kinds of training and education to succeed in the global marketplace for talent. And plenty of policy changes could help improve outcomes for our most disadvantaged students. In the meantime, let's stop denying the measurable progress that U.S. schools have made in the last half-century.

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New York to survey all 700 school districts on anti-bullying initiatives

The state will survey more than 700 school districts to determine how they are implementing New York's anti-bullying and harassment law. The survey will ask for information on steps and actions the districts have taken to implement core provisions of the Dignity for all Students Act.

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Tech platform helps manage high school academics and college prep

Campus Steps, a new free platform for students, parents and counselors, hosts multiple online and mobile ready apps to allow students to keep tabs of their academics, search colleges, apply for colleges and communicate with their counselor. The company is being incubated by Campus Explorer in partnership with developers from Learning Core.

Cupcake Digital releases enhanced storybook app

Cupcake Digital, Inc. launched Wubbzy’s Racecar, an enhanced storybook app featuring the character Wubbzy from Nick Jr.' Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! television series.