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CopSync offers districts digital hotline to police

A computerized emergency system from CopSync lets teachers and administrators alert police and other emergency responders to a crisis without waiting to go through a dispatch center. The instant message can display room numbers on a school map and the teacher assigned to that room.

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Panelists address school technology in Tennessee

Sumner County (Tenn.) business leaders and school officials met at Volunteer State Community College to address the state of technology and ways to handle areas of need at a panel discussion hosted by COMPASS and the Hendersonville Young Professional Council.

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Texas district draws complaints for prayer at preschool graduation

A graduation ceremony at a Texas preschool that began with a prayer is drawing criticism from a group advocating for the separation of church and state.

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An education declaration to rebuild America

Americans have long looked to our public schools to provide opportunities for individual advancement, promote social mobility, and share democratic values. We believe good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and that it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few.

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Former Ohio tech director sentenced in $3.4M theft from district

More than two years after millions of dollars were discovered stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights (Ohio) school district, the pace of action against those accused is quickening in federal and county courts.

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Philadelphia school leaders to vote on 'doomsday' budget

Education officials plan to vote on what critics are calling a 'doomsday' budget, a proposal that would force city schools to open next fall without resources like assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, and music programs.

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How New Jersey's schools made up for Superstorm Sandy

More than 40 percent of New Jersey's students saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year. A quarter had a shortened spring break. And 40 percent will remain in classrooms longer this month, with lessons stretching well into June and some graduations pushed back later into the month, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.

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Are Chicago's school closings discriminatory?

Chicago returned to the center of the national debate over the future of public education this week as the city’s school board voted to shut down 50 schools. The decision, which could be derailed by a lawsuit, would result in the biggest single round of school closings in United States history.

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Students in new GM program hope to help fix Detroit neighborhoods

Some 110 students from 11 Detroit area high schools that have been chosen for the first year of GM Student Corps, a program the automaker is sponsoring to pair the high school students with GM retirees and current employees on community service projects throughout the city.

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Lawsuit threatened over teacher-led prayer meetings

The American Humanist Association threatened to sue Missouri’s Fayette School District and several school officials on Wednesday for their alleged roles in holding morning religious ceremonies with students on school grounds every week for at least the last year.

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