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Education on wheels: Santa Barbara middle schoolers learn on the road

Many schools across the U.S. have cut back on recess and athletic offerings, but Santa Barbara Middle School views cycling as a vital part of the school’s educational philosophy. Between special cycling trips and commuting to and from campus, students and staff collectively ride an estimated 15,000 miles each year.

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Idaho schools struggle to replace outdated textbooks

Teacher Jacque Salisbury hardly ever asks her students to open their physical science textbooks. She prefers more engaging, hands-on learning. Plus, the middle school books are more than a decade old.

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Colorado ed board hears about getting out of Common Core testing

Colorado has academic standards in 10 content areas, two of which—math and English language arts—contain Common Core standards. The first major revision of Colorado's standards started in 2008, was introduced in schools beginning in 2010 and was fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

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Arizona superintendents urge parents to protest school budget cuts

Schools calculate that a 5 percent budget reduction would mean $113 million less to spend statewide on things like technology and textbooks and on library, food service and health workers.

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Boston school superintendent finalists named

Four men emerged as the finalists to become the next school superintendent of Boston, as a yearlong search for a new leader enters perhaps its last phase. The candidates are racially diverse and come from school systems many miles away: two from California, one from Nevada, and another from Virginia.

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L.A. schools can't afford computers for all, superintendent says

Los Angeles Unified School Supt. Ramon C. Cortines says the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal for his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

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Shooting teams become more popular in schools

Clay target shooting is trending in Minnesota schools. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, which allows competitors in grades 6-12, fielded 13 teams in 2010. In 2014, the number was 185.

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Florida governor issues executive order to stop 11th grade English test

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to suspend the Florida Standards Assessment test in English language arts for 11th graders and seek a permanent legislative fix this session. He cited concern about too much testing in Florida’s classrooms.

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Sex education opt-in bill heads to Kansas House floor

A bill that would require parents of Kansas public school students to sign a form before their children can take sex education has been advanced by the House Education Committee and will go to the House floor.

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Illinois governor calls for aid increase to schools

While the new governor asked for billions in budget cuts, Gov. Bruce Rauner also asked for a $300 million increase to K12 school funding next year, which would be a 6.7 percent boost in general state aid.

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