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Jersey City (N.J.) school board VP Waterman faces ethics hearing

A Jersey City school board member accused of using his influence to benefit himself and his child will be the subject of an ethics hearing in Newark this week. Sterling Waterman, the board’s vice president, is charged with attempting to involve himself in the day-to-day operations of School 16, on Sussex Street, which his son attended until June.

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Tornado alley weighs costs of safe rooms

Three months after a tornado cut a swath of devastation through Moore, Okla., leveling an elementary school where seven children died, state officials and residents are debating the costs and benefits of making safe rooms mandatory in schools.

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College applicant told charter school diploma is worthless

Charter schools, vouchers schools, and online schools aren’t all the same – and they often don’t even have to meet the same educational requirements to operate. After his daughter recently tried to get into college and was denied, saying that her charter school diploma was worthless, David Sheriff, a dad of two, says he understands the ongoing concern about quality control in non-traditional schools.

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Poll: Demographics divide views of schools

Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools—from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks—than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll.

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What to wear? Schools increasingly making that decision

As students head back to school in the next few weeks, they're more likely than ever to arrive dressed in a school-sanctioned uniform, an increasingly popular policy that may not improve schools as advertised.

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Central Ohio school districts find ways to screen out undesirables

Before they get past the front desk, visitors to Dublin schools will be required to swipe their driver’s licenses through a machine that searches for their information in a national database of sex offenders. The technology, which cost the district $34,000 and also prints visitor badges, is rarely used in central Ohio schools but is an example of new efforts to monitor who has access to students.

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Revised school disciplinary code encourages counseling, protects special needs students

Education officials are taking a more sensitive approach to student misbehavior for the upcoming school year with a newly revised disciplinary code. The 2013-2014 version of New York City’s annually updated guidelines, which will take effect next month when classes resume, include new rules to encourage the use of counseling, reduce bullying and protect students with special needs.

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Alabama district expands robotics program

The Shelby County Board of Education is expanding its science and technology programs this year by offering Chelsea Middle School the same robotics course available at Oak Mountain Middle School.

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New Haven magnet school to cut classes in light of deficit

Two weeks before the start of school, dozens of students have learned their classes have been eliminated. Officials from the New Haven School District said the Microsociety Magnet School's 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have been cut because of a $3 million deficit and students affected must begin a new school year at a different school.

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The School for Poetic Computation opens

Four people with varied backgrounds—in computer science, art, math and design—have banded together in Brooklyn to rethink how programming is taught and opened the School for Poetic Computation.

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