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Montana District Seeks Bond to Replace 42-Year-Old Roof

Polson (Mont.) Superintendent Linda Reksten says the 42-year-old roof at Polson High School has to be fixed. “There is no other option,” Reksten says, but it will be up to School District 23 voters whether they’ll pay for it. No one else is going to. Ballots seeking a yea-or-nay vote on a nearly $2.5 million debt service bond were mailed out Feb. 5.

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Tebow Home School Sports Bill Sacked in Virginia Senate

Legislation to let home schooled students join public school sports teams was defeated today in the Senate Education and Health Committee, where similar bills have failed in previous years.

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New Jersey Elementary School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Students were evacuated from New Jersey township elementary school this morning after an employee received a bomb threat, Teaneck Patch reported. Police told the site that the threat was emailed to a staff member at Hawthorne Elementary School.

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Missouri County Makes School Safety Task Force Report Public

A school safety task force in St. Charles County, Mo. has identified a series of recommendations to improve security across local campuses. According to Dr. Bernard DuBray, Superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District and task force chairman, the meetings proved beneficial and played a crucial role in starting the project off in the right direction.

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Sandy Hook Is Paint Scheme for Daytona 500 Car

NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip will carry a special Sandy Hook School Support Fund paint scheme in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500. The tribute is part of a joint effort of the two-time Daytona 500 champion, Swan Racing, which will supply Waltrip the No. 26 car, and NASCAR to raise awareness and contributions for the fund.

N.Y. Mayor Gives LA School Board $1 Million

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has donated $1 million to help preserve a Los Angeles Board of Education majority that has pushed for several controversial efforts dealing with teachers — including remaking evaluations and speeding the dismissal process — that are supported by the L.A. mayor and the superintendent.

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Calif. District Considers Cuts to Summer School, Buses, Jobs

Summer school would be an independent study program with online classes under a plan to reduce expenses considered Tuesday by the Shasta Union High School District Board of Trustees.

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Baltimore City School Board Revokes Contracts of Several Schools

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday night to not renew the contracts of several charter and other independently run schools — but deferred making decisions about whether most of them would close.

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Report: Milwaukee Choice Schools Lack Specialized Teachers

Results from an annual survey of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program released Wednesday underscore what's already well-known about the voucher program: Participating private schools spend less to educate each pupil than Milwaukee Public Schools, but offer little achievement data about how those pupils are doing.

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Hacking the Classroom to Encourage Student Independence

To say that special education teacher Shannon Putman "does things kind of differently" in her classroom is an understatement.

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