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Schools employ many different ways to test for drugs

New Mexico’s larger school systems haven’t committed to the idea that drug testing is the way to go. For those that have, there is a uniformity of idealism, if not an actual assembly line, in terms of policy.

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Schools’ staggered start dates help students adjust

By staggering the start of classes, smaller groups of students can ease into the school year, get to know their teachers, navigate through their buildings and learn about school rules and procedures. Addressing those back-to-school details early can alleviate a lot of problems down the road, experts say.

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Many challenges face Kansas education as school year starts

This just might be the most challenging year in Kansas education in a generation. State funding, teachers leaving the state and hiring issues are plaguing districts across the state.

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Iowa education board moves toward new standardized test

The Iowa Board of Education has taken one of the first steps necessary to adopt the Smarter Balanced test, aligned to the Common Core, that would replace the Iowa Assessments exam students now take.

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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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