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Texas legislator touts new law protecting Christmas in schools

Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools — and conservatives are hoping similar measures will gain momentum across America.

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Hundreds blast Newark superintendent during rally for schools

Some 200 advocates marched to the Newark Public Schools offices and to City Hall in a rally organized by Newark Student Union, New Jersey Communities United, and local unions to spotlight the failing policies of Superintendent Cami Anderson and state officials who have control over the district.

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California schools fear losing millions for low-income students

Major California school districts fear they will be shortchanged millions of dollars in funding for their low-income students under new state rules requiring them to verify family incomes every year.

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Newtown massacre prompts more vigilance in schools and elsewhere

Many towns in Connecticut and beyond began taking a closer look at their own security after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Dec. 14. This increased vigilance is on full view just 25 miles from Newtown in Fairfield, where the local police have found new ways to help schools and the community at large thwart potential violence.

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At Philly governor's office, 100 press for fair funding formula for schools

More than a hundred students, teachers, parents, community members and labor activists rallied Monday at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's Philadelphia office, demanding an equitable education funding formula.

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To get kids exercising, schools are becoming creative

Fifty-six percent of parents say their elementary school kids are getting just one or two days of physical education a week, according to a poll NPR conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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A ‘Day of Action’ to protest Chicago school closings

A couple hundred parents, students, and teachers braved the frigid night air on Monday to deliver their holiday wish list to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn: stop school closings, end the privatization of neighborhood public schools, and eliminate mayoral control of the school board.

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Tensions rise as Indiana schools chief and governor clash over new agency

The tension, months in the making, has boiled over at monthly State Board of Education meetings, where Superintendent Glenda Ritz and board members, who are appointed by the governor, continue to wrestle for control over the state’s education policies.

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Nonprofits help Long Beach USD fill arts education void

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is one of numerous organizations that team up with schools to provide in-class lessons with musicians, artists or theater professionals, free admission to local shows, and museum tours.

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24 more Indiana public schools join IRS lawsuit

The state of Indiana is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, which challenges new IRS regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act, the release said.

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