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School background check bill advances in Vermont

The House Education Committee passed a bill that would require the disclosure of an applicant’s entire criminal history — instead of just certain felony-level offenses — to provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal background.

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Fewer schools, more miles: Iowa kids at greater risk?

Iowa's continuing history of shuttering schools — 4,314 districts have closed since 1950 — means that children must be transported farther. The average school boundary is now about 161 square miles, nearly 14 times larger than in 1950.

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Bring back bake sales? Mich. lawmaker wants to let schools sell sweets

Federal Smart Snacks in School standards disqualify most bake sale items. But federal law also allow states to pass exemptions in order to hold a set amount of in-school food fundraisers.

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Education on wheels: Santa Barbara middle schoolers learn on the road

Many schools across the U.S. have cut back on recess and athletic offerings, but Santa Barbara Middle School views cycling as a vital part of the school’s educational philosophy. Between special cycling trips and commuting to and from campus, students and staff collectively ride an estimated 15,000 miles each year.

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Idaho schools struggle to replace outdated textbooks

Teacher Jacque Salisbury hardly ever asks her students to open their physical science textbooks. She prefers more engaging, hands-on learning. Plus, the middle school books are more than a decade old.

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Colorado ed board hears about getting out of Common Core testing

Colorado has academic standards in 10 content areas, two of which—math and English language arts—contain Common Core standards. The first major revision of Colorado's standards started in 2008, was introduced in schools beginning in 2010 and was fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

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Arizona superintendents urge parents to protest school budget cuts

Schools calculate that a 5 percent budget reduction would mean $113 million less to spend statewide on things like technology and textbooks and on library, food service and health workers.

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Boston school superintendent finalists named

Four men emerged as the finalists to become the next school superintendent of Boston, as a yearlong search for a new leader enters perhaps its last phase. The candidates are racially diverse and come from school systems many miles away: two from California, one from Nevada, and another from Virginia.

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L.A. schools can't afford computers for all, superintendent says

Los Angeles Unified School Supt. Ramon C. Cortines says the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal for his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

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Shooting teams become more popular in schools

Clay target shooting is trending in Minnesota schools. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, which allows competitors in grades 6-12, fielded 13 teams in 2010. In 2014, the number was 185.

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