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Hillsborough (Fla.) starts early, sinks resources into turnaround schools

Angela Vickers has one of the toughest jobs in the Hillsborough County school district. She's principal of a middle school, arguably the hardest age to teach. And by state standards, hers is the lowest-performing among more than 200 schools.

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Towns nationwide, including Maine district, seek expanded police presence in schools

In the wake of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — in which a lone gunman slaughtered 20 children and six faculty members at a school in Newtown, Conn. — federal officials are expecting a big spike in funding applications for armed, accredited police officers in America’s schools.

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So bake sales are taboo?

Bake sales struggle after New York City Department of Education, as part of an anti-obesity drive, began restricting what could be sold in machines and in fund-raising events held in schools.

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Protests fail to deter Chicago from shutting 49 schools

Officials here in the third-largest district in the country voted, after an emotional meeting, to close 49 public schools that they said were not being fully used.

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Florida releases FCAT scores

Fewer than 60 percent of Florida’s third-graders — 57 percent — are reading at or above grade level, according to FCAT results released Friday morning. The figure represents a slight increase from last year’s 56 percent.

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Guess how Baltimore City Schools spent federal stimulus money?

Dinner cruises. Fried chicken and biscuits. Theater performances. A mother/daughter makeover. Such were activities that Baltimore City Schools spent using federal stimulus and Title I funds, a federal audit discovered.

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Lawmakers ponder Columbus (Ohio) schools fix

State lawmakers spent time yesterday getting details about a plan to create an independent auditor for the Columbus City Schools and share the district’s property taxes with charter schools.Among the concerns: whether charters also would be audited and whether district schools would be left under-funded.

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Henrico County (Va.) district plans middle school STEM center

Henrico County Public Schools officials announced plans Thursday for a middle school STEM specialty center tentatively scheduled to open next year at Short Pump Middle School. The three-year program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics would be open to students throughout the county, officials said. The center would be able to accommodate about 50 students.

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Tacoma, Wash. school board puts charter schools on hold

The Tacoma School Board opted out of the charter school business Thursday night — at least for now. Board members, who may reconsider in the fall, voted 4-0 with one member absent, said there are too many unknowns for them to meet the July 1 deadline.

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N.Y. high school students used Facebook to cheat on exam

Twelve Long Island high school students have been disciplined for using Facebook to cheat on homework and laboratory assignments and a recent exam. The superintendent of the West Islip school district told Newsday the ninth graders used the social media site to share answers.

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