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Staying in school would help people live longer, study suggests

A new study estimates that more than 145,000 deaths per year could be averted in the United States if everyone who didn't finish high school had earned their high school degrees. The findings suggest that policies aimed at increasing people's education level could improve residents' longevity.

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Lawmakers move to limit government’s role in education

Congress moved to substantially scale back the federal government’s role in education, particularly the use of high-stakes standardized testing to punish schools, in the first significant proposed revisions since the No Child Left Behind law was passed 14 years ago.

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Kentucky might take over management of Menifee County school district

The Kentucky Board of Education will consider whether to take over the Menifee County school district, becoming only the second district to be managed by the state department. The district has already been under state assistance since December 2014.

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Philadelphia district kicks off $30 million push for early literacy

A three-year, $30 million effort has begun in the Pennsylvania school district to bolster the number of students in city schools who read proficiently by the age of 8. Now, only 40 percent of students in District schools reach that level.

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Lawmakers debate changes in a key piece of education bill

The U.S. House will try again this week to pass a Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law, with party leaders seeking to gain support from conservative members who balked earlier this year.

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Tunica school system faces state takeover

The Mississippi Department of Education has recently been watching Tunica County Schools after an audit found the district to be in violation of 25 out of 31 accreditation standards from special education to child nutrition.

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Memphis’ newest teacher training school launches next week

Relay Graduate School of Education had planned to open at the University of Memphis, but that avenue closed after faculty at the university objected. The graduate school has yet to establish a partnership with any particular charter network or district to work with its teachers. Relay focuses on hands-on practice and only enrolls teachers who already work full time in schools.

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More students getting college degrees in high school

Young adults with two diplomas are outliers in programs allowing high school students to earn college credits, which operate under various names and formats. They are growing in number at about 7 percent per year, according to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

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Scarborough rejects school district budget again

For the second time in a month, the Maine district's voters rejected the district’s proposed 2015-16 school budget of $43.3 million, with many saying the funding level was too low.

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Pa. senator presses for stricter background checks on school employees

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is introducing legislation that would require school employees who have unsupervised access to students to undergo background checks - which includes substitute teachers, coaches, classroom aides, and bus drivers who are not already subject to background checks in 12 states.

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