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12 Arizona schools earn failing grade

Twelve public schools in Arizona received a failing grade from the state Department of Education for 2012-13, and several of them have already closed.

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Portland Public Schools parents file complaint, push for more high school instructional hours

A coalition of parents wants the state to force Portland Public Schools to increase high school instructional time and has filed a complaint alleging the district fails to meet minimum requirements for class hours.

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L.A. schools' iPad initiative could be hard to keep paying for

A $1-billion plan to put an iPad into the hands of every Los Angeles student and teacher could prove difficult to sustain financially after about three years, based on figures provided by the L.A. Unified School District.

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Report: Idling motors outside schools are dangerous

When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class.

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Ohio schools branch out from STEM curriculum

A new STEM school doesn't follow the typical science, technology, engineering and math script. Instead, it has built a STEM identity on weaving government, citizenship and world languages into core lessons.

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Pittsburgh superintendent faces $46M deficit, plans to close a school

Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane has proposed closing the district's smallest school, Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5 on the Bloomfield-Lawrenceville border, next year as part of a plan aimed at saving as much as $45 million a year through potential cuts ranging from mowing grass less frequently to moving some special education students from regional classrooms to neighborhood schools.

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California district installs surveillance cameras

Forty-eight surveillance cameras costing $120,000 went into service at four Novato, Calif. schools yesterday, a growing trend among schools across the Bay Area. Novato’s superintendent told the Marin Independent Journal that part of the reason for installing the cameras is to secure schools, discourage the damaging of school property, and keep kids safe.

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A new group is pushing for S.C. education reforms

There’s a sheriff in North Carolina. Who works for a colonel in Oklahoma. Who works for a billionaire in Oregon. These are the leaders of a new group that’s looking to enact a host of education reforms in South Carolina—although all they’ve done so far is publish a cookie cutter catalog aimed at alerting parents to existing school choice options.

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Report shows education disparity among nation’s third-graders

A new report raises alarms about whether America’s 8-year-olds are prepared for success. Only 36 percent of third-graders in the U.S. score at or above the national average in math, reading, and science, according to the report, which also exposes the income and racial divide in America. White children from higher-income families score significantly higher than other children on these tests.

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Louisiana study highlights importance of early childhood education

As Louisiana begins to make early childhood education a priority, a new study stresses the importance of high-quality preschool programs and health-care coverage for a child's future success.

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