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Texas student sends robot to school in his place

C.J. Herron can’t go to school because he was born premature, which left him with a compromised immune system. He stays home and gets instruction in person from a home-bound teacher provided by Brenham ISD. But this week, Herron is going to his 3rd-grade class for the first time with a little help from a robot.

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Missouri district braces for teacher layoffs, school closure

The budgetary impact of complying with Missouri’s school transfer law is beginning to play out in the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts, where superintendents are outlining cuts to reduce staff and programs. In Normandy, 103 of the district’s 650 employees will lose their jobs by the end of December.

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Hockey association looking into injury suffered by high school player

For all the attention given to concussions in football, hockey has its own issues with serious injuries; a Canadian study released this year reported that the incidence of brain and spinal cord injuries among hockey players has increased over the last 15 years. USA Hockey last month tightened the rules on some penalties, including boarding, hoping to cut down on unsafe play.

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Columbus, Ohio levy’s $26.4M for school operations

More than a third of Columbus City Schools’ 9.01-mill levy and bond request would go toward keeping the Ohio district operating for at least four more years. An additional 11 percent of the levy, on the Nov. 5 ballot as Issue 50, would be earmarked for expanding the district’s high-performing schools.

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School nurses' duties expand with changing times

The Boy Scout motto of "be prepared" equally applies to today's school nurses, who not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile. As school systems face budget cuts, nurses must also adapt to a "migrant" lifestyle as they are assigned to several schools during a work week.

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New CMS schools, programs could offer options for hundreds

The expanding menu of CMS options comes at a time when the district is competing with a growing number of charter schools (public schools run by independent boards). North Carolina is also rolling out tax-supported scholarships to help low-income families attend private schools starting in 2014.

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BioStart program fosters science education

Kenneth McMartin, LSU Health Sciences Center professor and BioStart program director, sees the program as an opportunity for youth to get actively engaged in not only learning science, but also creating meaningful relationships with mentors through the initiative.

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Indiana schools use new technology to keep students safe, prevent bullying

The computer program, developed in Indiana, works in “the cloud” to detect dangerous words posted on Facebook. If threatening words or indications of violence or suicide are found through the Social Net Watcher algorithm, the system will send a push alert to school administrators.

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Portland Public Schools sets goal for all ninth-graders to complete high school or equivalent in five years

Only 79 percent of Portland students currently complete high school in five years or less, according to data for students who were supposed to graduate in 2011. That puts Portland in the bottom one-third of the state for five-year high school completion.

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Hillsborough (Fla.) school board spars over grant for sex education

The grant provides professional development and technical assistance to school districts and would put into place activities to help schools improve student health, prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and gather county-specific data related to health education.

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