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Florida shool grades drop under new formula

With public skepticism growing about the validity of Florida’s A-to-F grading system, the dominant question has become: Are public schools really failing, or is it the state’s letter-grade system that deserves an F?

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Sports and clubs at Ohio public schools now open to home-schooled and private school students

Ohio students who are home-schooled or who attend a private school will have the right to participate in extracurricular activities – from sports to marching band to the debate club – at their local public schools starting this fall.

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Seattle school board OKs general-fund budget

The Seattle Public Schools budget will go up about 8 percent for the 2013-2014 school year with increases in funding from the state, as well as local education levies.

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Concord (N.H.) administrators to stop mother from praying outside school

The mother who prayed outside Concord (N.H.) High School every school day for several months will not be allowed to continue the practice next school year, according to correspondence between Superintendent Chris Rath and a national advocacy group that complained about her activity.

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Middle school teachers get online training to improve classroom teaching

Twelve middle-school science teachers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties (Calif.) spent three days earlier this week in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside to participate in a national pilot program requiring the use of a rich, web-based environment designed for teachers to reflect on their classroom practice.

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Southern Florida parents pushing for closer arts magnet school

Parents in Palm Beach County (Fla.) are fighting for an arts magnet middle school. Right now, students in elementary school programs there would have to travel an hour each way to West Palm Beach to stay in the program when they reach middle-school age.

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Hillsboro Migrant Summer School brings in Mexican teachers

The moment elementary teacher Irene Osorio Pacheco played a slideshow of her home state of Morelos, Mexico for her class of kindergartners, their perceptions of the country instantly changed. "Wow, that's Mexico?" she recalled them saying in reaction to the photos.

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Education leaders call for moratorium on testing

A number of education leaders are calling for a moratorium on annual student assessments until Maryland switches to tests that match a new curriculum being implemented in classrooms. The state teachers union and school superintendents association said they would support a halt to the Maryland School Assessment, given annually to students in the third through eighth grade.

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Powerball winner donates $2M to repair Maine school

Gloria MacKenzie, whose $590.5 million prize in June was the largest single-winner Powerball jackpot ever, has promised to donate about $2 million to Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where her children attended school and her daughter has taught for 39 years.

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Newtown approves use of grant money for new school

Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December.

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