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Three Buffalo-area districts face significant fiscal stress

Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.

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Bill seeks high-school credits for church classes

Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.

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Massachusetts governor to create school safety task force

Gov. Deval Patrick is creating a new task force on school safety and security that will develop recommendations to help schools prepare and update safety plans and draft school-based training and exercise programs.

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Atlanta senator files resolution on education budget

A day after denouncing the education proposals of Gov. Nathan Deal, Democratic challenger and state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta, filed a resolution to make permanent his proposal to prioritize education spending statewide.

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First lady turns focus on education

Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday. The first lady hosted a group of approximately 60 education stakeholders for a White House screening of the film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” The film, which is described as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx," was produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

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After New Mexico school shooting, teachers become counselors

New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopened yesterday, even though many who return have no idea why a preteen may have taken a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them. And teachers have the task of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.

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Media literacy promising for anti-smoking education

Teaching teens to see through pro-tobacco messages in the media may be better at preventing youth smoking than just saying no, according to new research.

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Time for grading system to get a revamp, says Florida education group

JPEF says that schools should get more credit for rapid academic growth among disadvantaged students and they should get fewer points for proficiency, which is Florida’s definition for passing state tests.

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Free rent is over for NYC charter schools as de Blasio plans to make them pay

Carried to office in part on promises to reverse course on Bloomberg's education policies, de Blasio faces a thorny logistical challenge — figuring out how to tax the richer schools among the 115 charters in public buildings.

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South Texas school district closed over water bill dispute

Soon after students went on winter vacation in late December, La Villa shut off water and sewer services to the local schools, arguing that the district needs to pay off its remaining balance.

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