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Antonio Villaraigosa leaves his mark on L.A. schools

In the middle of Watts, at one of the worst-performing high schools in Los Angeles Unified, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in his element.

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Chicago plans to open new schools for dropouts amid massive closures

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread protests over school closures in the city.

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Lowell (Mass.) board member drafting anti-nepotism measure

School committee member Kim Scott is drafting an anti-nepotism regulation for the school department after learning that a second close relative of Deputy Superintendent Jay Lang has been promoted to a higher-paying job.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduces new gun penalties near schools

Facing criticism from parents worried about their children traveling through dangerous neighborhoods to new schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel staked out a get-tough stance Wednesday proposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools.

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Fed up Texas teachers refuse to teach summer school

Summer school in Dallas is lacking one critical component. On Tuesday, classes began in the Dallas Independent School District with about 6,000 students, and a very limited amount of teachers.

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Two-thirds of school recreational facilities are inadequate

A Milwaukee-area community organization has found that two-thirds of the outdoor athletic and recreational facilities at public schools throughout the county are in terrible, poor or fair condition, a recently released report shows.

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Brunswick (Maine) board considers building new elementary school

A new elementary school could be in the town’s future if this week's school board discussions gain any traction. But that could mean delaying renovation work at the junior high school. Board members at the meeting agreed that a $38 million project to renovate Coffin Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School would be too costly for the town to do all at once.

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Mock school shooting provides lesson in safety

About 75 educators attended a safety drill this week, where Limerick Township (Pa.) Police Chief Bill Albany and Upper Providence (Pa.) Sgt. Rob Solorio gave a presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.")

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Children’s math, reading gains don’t survive high school

U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.

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USDA overhauls schools snacks for first time in 30 years

Candy bars, doughnuts, and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix, and baked chips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.

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