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Some Oregon Middle Schools Testing Students for Drugs

Two schools districts in Oregon are among a growing number of districts nationwide using random drug tests in middle school.

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Pasco County (Fla.) Schools Face Test on Class Sizes

With an official student count less than a month away, Pasco County schools still aren't where they need to be to meet state class-size restrictions, an assistant superintendent told the school board this week.

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The Yoking of Virtual Schools and Market-Based Reforms

This is the third part of a four-part series about virtual schools and Open Education policy. The first post argued that if we are going to have virtual schools, states should give preference to virtual schools that make a commitment to Open Education policy and to sharing their curricula and other innovations with the world.

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Some Oregon Schools Start Drug Testing in Middle School

Ore­gon’s Scio and Central Linn school districts are among a growing number of districts nationwide using random drug tests in middle school.

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Atlanta School Board Considering Contract Extension for Superintendent

By next week the Atlanta Public School board will make its final decision on whether to extend the contract of Superintendent Erroll Davis. Davis was hired as the interim APS superintendent in July 2011 as the system searched to replace departing superintendent, Beverly Hall. The APS Board has not made a final decision, but it appears to be in favor of keeping Davis on board.

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Pasadena Schools Have an Ear for Languages

The Pasadena Unified School District’s language immersion programs started three years ago with just a few dozen kindergartners and first-graders. Now more than 450 K-through-4 students are enrolled, including one in eight children who started kindergarten in the district this fall.

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Scores Sag at Philadelphia Public Schools in Cheating Probe

Scores in reading and mathematics dropped in virtually all of the Philadelphia public schools and three charter schools under investigation for possible cheating, a newspaper reported. The Philadelphia Inquirer says its analysis indicates that all but two of the 53 city district schools and all three charters under investigation showed declines in reading and math. Seventeen district schools and two of the charters had passing rates at least 30 points lower than last year, the paper said.

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NYC Schools Give Out Morning-After Pills to Students — Without Telling Parents

The Department of Education is giving morning-after pills and other birth-control drugs to students at 13 New York high schools, The Post has learned.

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Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Affecting State Assessment Process

hite Oak ISD is one of 23 school districts in the state selected to participate in a consortium that will develop new education learning standards, a new state assessment and a new accountability system for public schools, Superintendent Mike Gilbert said Thursday. The Texas High Performance Schools Consortium will hold its first meeting next month, according to the Texas Education Agency.

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Proposition 38 Funding Will Stabilize San Deigo Unified Schools

Since 2008, $20 billion in state funding has been slashed from San Diego's public schools system. If Proposition 38 is passed, it will generate $10 billion annually for California’s public and charter schools.

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