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N.Y. Parents Say Their Children Won't Take State Tests

Susan Grobsmith’s children will slide the state English exam back across the desk when their teachers hand them out Tuesday. The three children in grades four through eight at West Genesee will fold their hands in their laps and politely refuse to take the standardized test.

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Lagging Schools in Mass. Take on Partners

Boston and three other Massachusetts cities, in an attempt to stave off a state takeover of underperforming schools, are turning to nonprofit partners to jump-start flagging overhaul efforts.

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Legislation Proposed for Speed Limit Laws Near Ill. Schools

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz is sponsoring legislation, which she expects will come up for a vote this week in the Illinois House, aimed at strengthening the 20 mph speed limit around schools to reflect the reality that vehicle-pedestrian crashes involving children don't occur only during school hours.

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Two Midwestern States, Two Different Approaches to Education

Iowa and Indiana are two Midwestern states that are taking radically different approaches to education, with one increasing funding for public education and the other taking it away.

Schools Get More Diverse, ELL Instruction Remains Bleak

The longer these students stay in special language programs, the further they fall behind in other subjects. In several states, their graduation rates are at less than 60 percent, and as low as 29 percent in Nevada, according to federal data.

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Fla. 6-month Rezoning Saga Ends This Week

After six months of parent angst and School Board debate, rezoning of Seminole County elementary schools will wrap up this week when the board gives final approval to new attendance zones for 17 schools.

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Conn. Autism Programs Increase Along With Numbers of Cases

The variety of Bridgeport school programs serving students on the autism spectrum has increased over the last decade as the district has sought to educate more students in its own schools instead of expensive outside programs.

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Aide Alleges a N.J. Life Skills Program Has Gone Off the Rails

It started as a transitional program, a way to teach special education students with developmental disabilities how to handle personal finances, find a job and live independently once they left school.

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First Amendment Lesson Sparks Outrage in Fla.

A Florida teacher has angered parents after having her fourth-grade class write a statement about giving up constitutional rights.

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Bill Would Lift Cap on Mass. Charters

An Andover lawmaker has filed legislation that would lift the charter-school cap on the state's 30 lowest-performing school districts, including Lowell, Gardner, and Fitchburg, a move praised as creating more options for nontraditional education and criticized for taking state dollars away from the public system.

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