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More lenient rules on head lice have some schools jumpy

School nurses and other health authorities say stricken students should be able to stay in class. But such a progressive approach bugs many parents and district leaders.

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A passionate debate over Chicago's 21 proposed charter schools

A hearing on 21 proposed new Chicago Public Schools charters drew at least 300 people to CPS headquarters on a snowy Monday evening, with supporters and opponents equally passionate about the need to propel or quash charter efforts.

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State auditor requests records from Missouri's education chief

Missouri Auditor Thomas Schweich is weighing whether to launch an audit of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in light of recent controversies involving the education commissioner.

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Special education teacher removed from classroom after Facebook post

A special-education teacher in the Torrance Unified School District has been removed from the classroom after infuriating parents with a Facebook post saying she was about to enter a meeting with "crazy parents" to discuss an autistic student whom the teacher describes as a "hot mess."

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Common Core quietly embraced by Catholic schools

School districts across the country are getting closer to fully ushering in the standards. So are some Tampa Bay area private schools, including the nearly 50 schools and centers that fall under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg.

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Colorado schools face challenges in transition to digital textbooks

Budget cuts, a shortage of books that meet the state's academic standards and the proliferation of cheaper online materials that are easy to update have left Colorado school districts in a state of transition.

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N.J. Supreme Court places checks on education commissioner's power on charter schools

New Jersey's education commissioner has the final say in approving or denying charter school applications, but those decisions can now be subjected to court challenges, the state Supreme Court rules.

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N.C. schools deal with fewer dollars for textbooks

State funding for textbooks has been cut by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, just as the state has been switching to a new curriculum with new textbooks. At the same time, school districts are expected to make the switch to digital textbooks by 2017.

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Hiring of first-year teachers drops sharply in Texas

The number of first-year teachers in Texas public schools dropped more than 40 percent in just four years. Texas schools employed just shy of 15,000 first-year teachers in 2012, down from 25,395 in 2008 - despite growing enrollment and an overall increase in the number of teachers.

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Florida schools prepare for end of Race to the Top funding

Millions of dollars available to school systems across the state are dwindling to an end, as federal funding is set to expire next year.

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