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Rural Colorado school allowing teachers to carry handguns

Briggsdale School, which educates students from preschool to 12th grade, is about a 20-minute drive from the nearest police station, administrators say. And that's a problem if a shooter were to target the school.

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Illinois issues school report cards

The Sun-Times analysis of results from tests taken this past spring shows Chicago, with 84.9 percent of its students from low-income households, once again claimed some of the best and many of the worst-scoring schools in the state.

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Massachusetts to take over 4 struggling schools, including 2 in Boston

Alarmed by chronically low MCAS scores, Massachusetts education officials announced Wednesday they will take over four schools, including two in Boston, in an attempt to rejuvenate academic programs and put students on a path to success.

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Two Long Island schools to close due to declining enrollment

Two of Half Hollow Hills' seven elementary schools, in Melville, N.Y., will close at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment districtwide—a cost-cutting move that drew both anger and sadness from parents.

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New program will train high school students for high-demand fields

High school seniors from seven area school districts are earning their high school diploma while also learning skills for high-demand fields under a program launched at Waukesha County Technical College. The yearlong pilot of the college's Dual Enrollment Academy offers manufacturing-related skills training in welding and metal fabrication, tool and die, and information technology.

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Trenton students rally for high school's repairs

About 100 students and community activists gathered outside Trenton Central High School this morning to demand repair or rebuilding of the aging school building. The students echoed chants of “Rebuild TCHS” while they walked around the building holding signs, drawing honks from passing cars as school administrators looked on.

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Pa. district appeals breast cancer bracelet ban reversal

The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 to appeal a federal appeals court's decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are lewd and should be banned from school.

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N.J. district cancels testing after exams are leaked on the internet

Testing of public school students in a New York City suburb was canceled on Monday after someone anonymously posted several of the exams on a public website. The breach of test security in the Montclair, N.J., school district was discovered by a parent on Friday. Only teachers and senior staff have password access to the secure web portal.

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Illinois grade school test scores plunge—especially in poor communities

The push to toughen state exams for Illinois grade school students triggered widespread drops in 2013 scores, with hundreds of schools in some of the state's poorest communities seeing performances plunge.

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Americans doubt the rigor and quality of online education

A new Gallup poll released on Tuesday found that, although the majority of Americans say the value and format of online education are equal to or better than traditional education, many still doubt its quality.

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