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Nancy Golden, replacing Rudy Crew as Oregon education chief, aims to 'start fast'

Golden is Oregon's second chief education officer, charged with remaking education from preschool through grad school to dramatically increase how many Oregonians become well-educated. She follows Rudy Crew, who spent only a year in the post and became better known for frequent travel than leaving a lasting impact.

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Guns at school? If there’s a will, there are ways

The slim, black 9-millimeter handguns that the school superintendent David Hopkins selected for his teachers here weigh about a pound and slip easily into a pocket. Sixteen people, including the janitor and a kindergarten teacher, wear them to school every day.

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Schools leading educational campaign about new anti-texting law

Florida’s new ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday, tagging violators with a $30 first-offense fine. And while texting while behind the wheel has become ubiquitious, some of the worst offenders tend to be new drivers, which is where the educational efforts about the new law are being concentrated.

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Rochester (N.Y.) City schools adjust to longer school day

Thanks to an effort to expand the school day, students at a number of schools have seen their daily schedules stretch to eight hours, with extra time built in for academics along with enrichment activities such as kickboxing and dancing.

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Mich. house approves Common Core education standards

With days to spare before a new state budget begins, the Republican-led state House approved a resolution that would lift a “pause” on new national math and reading standards that have become contentious since their adoption by the state education board three years ago.

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Kansas board to allow student-led prayer over school intercom

A school board in Kansas voted this week to allow student-led prayer at all activities, and even went as far as offering the schools’ public address systems for religious use.

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500K Oklahoma students don't have storm shelters

The statewide survey on shelters in Oklahoma schools uncovered that more than 500,000 students and educators do not have a safe place to go at school during severe weather.

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North Carolina school board lifts 'Invisible Man' book ban

A North Carolina school board lifted on Wednesday its ban of Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man" from school libraries after being ridiculed by residents and undercut by a giveaway of the book at a local bookstore.

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Native education situation dire, says report; sequestration not helping

The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that focuses on student achievement gaps, has released a new report, “The State of Education for Native Students,” and the state is not good.

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Pa. House bill sets up review of charter school funding

The Pennsylvania House sent the Senate a package of revisions to charter school regulations, including a temporary change in payments made to cyber charter schools while a commission is examining charter funding.

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