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Achieve the ‘dream’: End racism through education

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, sadly, we still live in a society far removed from the goals King profoundly echoed to millions on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. While it’s true that racial relations have come a remarkable distance ... to think today’s society can be considered to be the product of King’s words is simply premature.

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Pennsylvania state ed secretary nominee William Harner resigns

After three months in the state capital, William Harner, the former Cumberland Valley School District superintendent, is looking for a new job. Gov. Tom Corbett asked for and received Harner's resignation as a result of uncovering "multiple and inappropriate comments" during Harner's background check.

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Judge backs Indiana school's bracelet ban

Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.

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Jersey City (N.J.) school board VP Waterman faces ethics hearing

A Jersey City school board member accused of using his influence to benefit himself and his child will be the subject of an ethics hearing in Newark this week. Sterling Waterman, the board’s vice president, is charged with attempting to involve himself in the day-to-day operations of School 16, on Sussex Street, which his son attended until June.

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What to wear? Schools increasingly making that decision

As students head back to school in the next few weeks, they're more likely than ever to arrive dressed in a school-sanctioned uniform, an increasingly popular policy that may not improve schools as advertised.

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School has become too hostile to boys

As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no.

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Researchers get OK to exhume bodies at defunct Florida reform school

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of his cabinet have approved a permit allowing researchers to exhume bodies buried at a defunct reform school for boys. The permit allows University of South Florida researchers to begin digging at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, a small town located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle.

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Warren School parents want public hearing for blended classroom

Parents of students who attend Warren School in Litchfield, Conn., came out in force to the Region 6 Board of Education meeting to dispute a blended first- and second-grade classroom that will be implemented next year.

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Clarksville Community Schools to turn department store into tech school

Four months later than expected, an agreement has been reached between the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission and Clarksville Community Schools to transfer the old Value City department store to the district. The building will house the New Tech High School.

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Florida district hands out Macbooks and iPads

Beginning this school year, every Flagler County student in grades 5-12 will be issued a MacBook or iPad to give them 24/7 access to engaging and interactive technology and digital curriculum resources.

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