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Schools fear shutdown’s threat to lunch programs

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program could soon be a casualty of the partial government shutdown, leaving millions of children without an important source of nutrition, a group representing school nutrition workers warned Congress on Friday.

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Brooklyn Bridge protest aims for charter school support

Thousands of parents, students, and educators took to the streets of New York City Tuesday morning demanding better schools and a better deal for charter schools. Their main target of concern: front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has said he would charge rent to some charter school operators that now get free space in public school buildings.

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High schools struggle to tackle safety on the football field

Football is the most popular sport among high school boys, with more than 1 million playing the game. But the sport has taken a hit in recent years over allegations that the game is unsafe. Young athletes across all sports suffer 300,000 concussions each year, according to researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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10 Portland, Ore. schools garner top rank

Portland Public Schools has 10 campuses that rank in the top 10 percent of Oregon schools and three in the bottom 5 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

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Gladstone, Ore. schools show little ratings improvement

Three Gladstone schools showed little improvement in their 2013 state report cards, released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday. The state uses a Level 1-5 rating system to identify the best and worst schools in the state, with 5 being the highest. Three schools earned Level 3 ratings this year, mirroring last year's report card. That rating reflects below-average performance compared with schools statewide.

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Malibu classes moved after contamination linked to health problems

Until this week, Malibu high school, home to 60 teachers and 1,120 students, was a blessed patch of California: sunshine, ocean vistas and privilege, close to the aptly named Paradise Cove. Now, it seems as if poison and panic have seeped into paradise.

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Port Chester, N.Y. teachers praise Common Core, cite challenges

New York State Education Commissioner John King heard positive reviews for the Common Core learning standards during a Thursday morning visit to the JFK Magnet School, but also got a lesson on the challenges facing a relatively poor suburban district with lots of students who speak Spanish at home.

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Some N.J. private schools for disabled students cashing in on taxpayers

A two-month investigation found privately owned and run schools for disabled students operate in a twilight zone of the state education system, under a unique set of rules that allows them to spend taxpayer money in ways few would tolerate of public schools.

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Conn. district board of education delays racial balance vote

A group of parents, as well as board members Peter Sherr and Peter von Braun, have said they believe the two schools fit under the state’s definition of unique schools due to the fact that they run magnet programs. If that is found to be the case, the schools would be declared exempt from Connecticut’s racial balance laws.

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Ohio school district expands some busing services

Starting next week, some middle school students in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools district who were prohibited from using district school buses will be able to ride the buses again.

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