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Connecticut Gov. Malloy pushes education at State of the State

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.

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Texan pays off students’ school lunch debts

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.

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Miami-Dade Schools tax collections could fall $60 million short — again

To brace for the shortfall, the $4 billion school district is putting aside spare dollars and closely watching monthly collections. For instance, an item that saves $18 million by reducing spending and transferring costs is included on next week’s School Board agenda.

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South Dakota delays multistate science education standards

After working with 26 other states to create common standards for K-12 science education, South Dakota has decided against adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. State's education secretary says teachers should write a different set of standards for the state.

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Education official argues against Maryland school assessment cancellation

Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for -- and skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars, the state's chief academic officer says.

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Lawsuit targets Rocketship charter schools in San Jose-area

In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts have filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the approval of 20 Rocketship schools and prevent the county school board from granting similar requests.

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Chicago Public Schools switching test for elite schools

Getting into Chicago's most competitive public high schools is a gut-wrenching, high-stakes process. This year, some parents say the district has added an extra degree of anxiety by changing the assessment test students will be taking to determine their eligibility for highly competitive, selective-enrollment schools.

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Kentucky considers standardizing evaluation of teachers and principals

The vision for the state's Professional Growth and Effectiveness System calls for evaluation through observation by peers and supervisors, students' performance, and evaluations by students themselves.

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Portland Public Schools teachers vote to authorize a strike

Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon's largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20. Union president says she hopes parents will honor picket lines and not send their children to school if a strike occurs.

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36 percent drop in school suspensions at Chicago Public Schools

A new code of conduct encourages school staffers to develop alternative strategies and options for dealing with disciplinary issues, including conflict resolution techniques, anger coping therapy and intervention programs. The code seems to be paying off, as the latest results show a 36 percent drop in school suspensions.

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