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New Mexico students get early start on school year with K-3 Plus

Monday marked the second week of school for about 1,600 Las Cruces Public Schools children participating in 25 extra days of learning through the K-3 Plus Program.

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After years of cuts, LA Unified reveals plans to restore arts education

It's summer break, but classes were still in session at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts -- at least for teachers.

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Effort by Sioux Falls schools reduces bullying

Bullying reports have gone down since the Sioux Falls School District implemented a bully prevention model two years ago, but the program has not yet fulfilled its promise of empowering students to stick up for their peers, school officials say.

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Centinela Valley (Calif.) high school district to open two charter schools for wayward adults

The Centinela Valley Union High School District is opening two charter schools that will cater to adults -- one for inmates of the Los Angeles County jail system and the other for people who have dropped out of high school.

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Denver Public Schools refers employee kickbacks case to DA

Criminal charges are among the legal options being considered against a former technology director at Denver Public Schools who was fired four months ago for allegedly accepting kickbacks from vendors.

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More than 1 million respond to Illinois' first statewide education survey

Responses, which were anonymous, provided details on how teachers teach, children learn and principals lead, with the survey's goal to drive improvements in the state's public schools.

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Schools seeking to arm employees hit hurdle on insurance

As more schools consider arming their employees, some districts are encountering a daunting economic hurdle: insurance carriers threatening to raise their premiums or revoke coverage entirely.

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Some states relying heavily on substitute teachers

From kindergarten to graduation, an average student will have spent more than a year being taught by a substitute teacher. Twenty-eight states require no more than a high school diploma for those temporary teachers, according to national data. Seven require some college education, and 15 states require substitutes to have a college degree.

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Connnecticut charter school group gears up to lower suspension rate

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.

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Referendum sought on school debt limit in Arizona

Wesley Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said lawmakers are not living up to their constitutional obligation to provide adequate funds for construction of new schools and making repairs on existing ones. Rather than come up with the cash, Harris said legislators have decided to dump the obligation onto local taxpayers.

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