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New inclusive approach helps Illinois schools fight bullying

In recent years, media attention, state mandates and research on bullying have prompted dozens of school districts across Illinois — including at least 10 in the Chicago suburbs — to try a more inclusive approach that addresses peer aggression while instilling a broader message of respect.

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Recovery School District eyes charters for Baton Rouge schools

Several national groups were recently approved to move into north Baton Rouge and start charter schools over the next few years, but the Louisiana Department of Education has yet to make a critical decision, picking which ones will land space in the seven schools the state operates there.

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St. Louis mayor pushes charter schools

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is seeing pockets of success at both the charter schools he aggressively promotes and city schools that sometimes compete with the rival charters for students and resources.

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Crime drops in New York City classrooms

Crime in city schools is down, but black and Hispanic kids are still far more likely to end up on the wrong side of the law.

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Report: Changes to Indiana school grades were ‘plausible’

Former state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he felt “vindicated” by a new report on a grade-changing flap in Indiana that led to his resignation in Florida.

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Denver Public Schools give children bus cards to increase safety

Denver Public Schools will issue electronic cards to about 26,000 children in an effort to strengthen safety measures for those who take a bus to school.

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Ohio schools get creative to ensure kids are active

School districts across the country have cut physical-education programs to save money. But they don’t usually use recess to boost physical activity.

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Philly schools open to 'grim new normal'

The first day of school in Philadelphia is also the start of a grim new normal for the district's 137,000 students and their families.

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Gang fears prompt two Denver high schools to close

Fears that a gang feud could escalate further prompted the closure of two high schools Friday and the postponement of a homecoming dance.

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Wake County sees more charter schools opening

Lunch is in the classroom instead of a cafeteria, and students rely on public transportation rather than school buses to get to Longleaf School of the Arts in downtown Raleigh. But you won’t hear students complain.

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