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Schools learn tablets' limits

As schools rush to embrace computer tablets as teaching tools, glitches have officials in a few districts rethinking the usefulness and even security of the latest technology trend.

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School's military-style reboot aims to push students further

North Valley Military Institute, a Los Angeles Unified School District charter school, has this year transformed from a traditional campus to one steeped in military-style values and structure.

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Could 'hygiene hypothesis' be defense against food allergies?

Some physicians concede the five-second rule has been bandied about as symbolic to a defense against burgeoning numbers of children developing food allergies, particularly potentially deadly nut allergies.

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Grit, optimism and other buzzwords in the way of education

Unrelated to new technologies, or digital literacy, 21st Century Skills are all about desirable character traits. I’m all for a move away from dependence on standardized test scores, but the focus on “character” is suspect.

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Why we want—but can’t have—personal finance in schools

The drumbeat for teaching personal finance in schools has been heard. Doing something about it is proving more difficult.

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Fixing public school for everyone

There's a sense that Oakland, Calif. schools may be shifting toward a more collaborative, potentially more effective approach to improving education.

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Tablets in schools: What could go wrong?

With the consumer market for mobile devices hurtling toward saturation, tech companies are falling back on the old adage: Get ‘em while they’re young. And if you’re looking for young people, there’s no better place to find them than in schools.

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Michigan's 91,000 truants risk falling into 'school-to-prison' pipeline

When Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal visits schools and classrooms, she can't help but notice the empty seats. More than one in four students missed at least 10 days with unexcused absences in 2011-2012, one of the highest rates in the state.

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At symposium, a call for state education funding formula

If the Pennsylvania Legislature had not scrapped a statewide education-funding formula in 2011 it had approved three years earlier, the Philadelphia School District would have received $360 million more in state aid this year and would not be in a fiscal crisis now, an expert said Wednesday.

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Turning education upside down

Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school”—one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Now flipped classrooms are popping up all over.

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