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Report on Newtown shooter details missed treatment opportunities

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn't want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment.

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Ferguson-area district closes schools in expectation of grand jury decision

The Jennings School District will not hold school Monday and Tuesday in expectation that a grand jury will announce its decision this weekend on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson. School officials aren't concerned about student safety inside the buildings, but on streets near some of them.

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Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government.

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Using UT researcher's initiatives, in-school suspensions decrease at Texas middle school

In-school suspension rates at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio dropped 75 percent over two years as a result of an initiative that disciplines students through community accountability created by UT researcher Marilyn Armour. A key factor is holding students accountable for their mistakes by communicating with those involved.

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Newark schools struggle to keep students on track amid violence

Newark is a hard place to grow up. The district, though, has no uniform response for the death of a student or any other violent event that takes place outside school grounds. As a result of community violence, one of the specific challenges that the schools struggle with is really keeping students engaged and hopeful about the future.

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Oklahoma school district closes early to prevent spread of illness

The Woodland Public School District cancel all classes and school activities through the Thanksgiving break due to a high infection frequency of mononucleosis in the community. During that time, all school buildings will be disinfected.

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Ferguson School District's plan to get students off the streets

Schools in Ferguson, Missouri, released plans to ensure that students are off the streets - possibly including closing schools - ahead of the grand jury verdict in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Whenever a decision is handed down, the entire district's 23 schools could close if the decision is released during a school day.

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Charter school chain finally discloses salaries in North Carolina

Last week, it appeared that Charter Day School, Inc had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it turned over salary data for administrators working at the schools. But the salary list does not include that of the son of the schools' founder.

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Chicago Board of Ed votes to change the way it rates schools

With little public notice or community involvement, Chicago Public Schools again changed the way it rates its schools. The current ratings — Levels 1, 2 and 3 — were to be replaced by Tiers 1 through 5. CPS decided instead to keep the Levels names and add in two “-plus” Levels, keeping the names that were familiar to parents.

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$460 million available for N.J. urban school repair projects

The head of the School Development Authority, which oversees school construction projects in New Jersey, said there is more than $260 million in reserve accounts available for necessary repair work at education facilities. The agency also has the ability to bond for another $200 million to pay for projects.

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