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More students are opting out of New York State standardized tests

An expanding number of parents, teachers and activists called for students to "opt out" on standardized New York State testing in reading and math. Twenty percent of students in the state did not take at least one state test, a jump from about 7 percent of students last year.

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Virginia SOL test scores up for 2014-15 school year

Standards of Learning test scores in the state are up compared to the previous school year. The 2014-15 school year was the first during which students in grades 3-8 were allowed to retake the tests in reading, math, science and history. On average, students who re-took tests increased pass rates by about four points on each test.

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Volusia County school board considering districtwide uniform policy

Some board members from the Florida district say implementing a uniform policy will discourage bullying, allow its more than 60,000 students focus in school, and improve the school environment overall.

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Guns will still cause school lockdowns despite court ruling, officials say

Clio school officials say they will continue to lock down school buildings when guns are spotted on school property even after a Michigan judge ruled that some firearm owners could openly carry on district property.

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Virginia high school replaces lockers with laptop charging stations

Lockers used to be the place where students stashed their stuff, hung up posters and checked their hair, but schools now say that trend is going to the wayside. Hundreds of lockers are being torn out at Albemarle High School to make way for spots to charge laptops.

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‘Body’ report cards aren’t influencing Arkansas teenagers

A growing number of schools are monitoring their students’ weight and sending updates home, much like report cards. But a new study of the first state to adopt the practice shows that the letters have had almost no effect, at least on older teenagers.

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N.J. judge rules teen cannot have medical marijuana at school

A teenage girl in Maple Shade lost another legal battle in her quest to use medical marijuana in school to help control her seizure disorder as an administrative law judge ruled it would violate state laws designed to ban drug use in school zones.

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Teacher shortages spur a nationwide hiring scramble (credentials optional)

Districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers. Schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.

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School day starts too early, study finds

Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later during the 2011-12 school year, according to CDC data.

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Florida to host first Dads Take Your Child to School Day next month

The state wants all its public elementary schools to encourage fathers to be more involved in their children's education. The goal for the late September day is for fathers or other significant male figures to take their kids to school and learn a little about how important they are to youngsters' academic success.

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