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Mastering middle school: Special summer program gives kids an edge

For four weeks, 120 students spend six hours a day at school. They start with 3 1/2 hours of reading, writing and math instruction in classes of about 12 students led by a certified teacher. Next is lunch, then two hours of enrichment in topics ranging from ceramics and comic book design to archaeology and Tae Kwan Do.

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Florida district suspends 3 percent of kindergartners

Duval County schools suspended kindergarten students a total of 962 times last year. That was 8 percent more than the year before and 28 percent higher than five years ago. Suspensions have fallen in nearly every grade level in Duval in recent years, but not in kindergarten.

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Connecticut to require all 11th graders to take the SAT

With approval from the United States Department of Education, Connecticut said it would make the SAT a requirement, administered without cost to students, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The SAT replaces an existing statewide exam amid widespread concern that the nation’s students are tested too much.

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N.Y. school district approves civil rights plan

An approved plan calls for creating more programs and opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to get into the Buffalo’s criterion schools. Now, the U.S. Department of Education will decide whether the plan is a strong enough response to allegations of discrimination in the admissions practices.

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Pennsylvania school leaders brace for impact of state test declines

Elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia are reporting 10 to 20 percentage-point drops on the English language arts exam and 30 to 40 percentage point drops on the math exam after the implementation of more rigorous PSSA tests.

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Special ed enrollment soars in N.Y. city summer school

Around 2,500 students with disabilities who spent previous summers at home are now attending summer school, the result of a focused effort by the Rochester School District to make its programs more accommodating to them.

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Community school students eliminated from enrollment counts

The Ohio High School Athletic Association's board of directors voted to eliminate community and STEM school enrollment numbers from its member schools, leaving many teams to wonder what division they will compete in this school year.

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School leaders show mixed opinions on new juvenile discipline law

Two new Kentucky laws went into effect in July that will keep more juveniles in the classroom and out of detention centers. Many school administrators say their greatest fear is the new law will lead to more disruption in classrooms.

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Thanks to school, teens aren't sleeping enough

Teens need at least eight hours of sleep every night. But according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most middle and high school students start the school day too early, making it difficult to get enough sleep. The start time to avoid? Earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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Charter school proponents petition to put expansion measure on 2016 ballot

The proposed ballot measure would authorize the creation or expansion of up to a dozen charter schools in Massachusetts each year. It would direct state education officials to give priority to applications in the lowest-performing 25 percent of school districts and those with long waiting lists for charter seats.

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