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D.C. schools make biggest test improvements since 2008

District of Columbia public and charter school students have achieved their highest marks ever on the city's standardized tests.

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Participation in Maine district's summer meals program doubles

As students enter their last month of summer break, early reporting on participation in the city’s summer meals programs indicates a dramatic increase from 2012.

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GOP donor's charter school grade changed

Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold ‘‘failing’’ schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett’s education team frantically overhauled his signature ‘‘A-F’’ school grading system to improve the school’s marks.

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Guns in school: Arkansas district arming more than 20 teachers, staff

More than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in Clarksville will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

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Michigan's schools chief 1 of 28 education officials nationwide paid more than governor

Nine states have schools leaders making more than $200,000, and Mississippi's top education official makes the most at $307,125, according to the report.

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Child of survivor pushes holocaust education bill for Pa. schools

Bill would require Pennsylvania public and private schools to provide education on the Holocaust and other genocides for students in grades six through 12.

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Mayoral candidate releases plan to close achievement gap in Boston Public Schools

City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo proposes increasing access to early childhood education and more extended learning time in schools, among other initiatives.

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Jefferson County (Ky.) schools can apply to allow cellphone use in classrooms

Jefferson County Public Schools is revisiting its decade-long ban on using cell phones in classrooms — bowing to lobbying from principals who believe the phones can improve learning.

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New healthy lunch rule meets pushback in Utah schools

Students nationwide are gearing up for year two of the school lunch overhaul required by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010.

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Illinois governor expands gym class exemption to disabled students

Students with disabilities who play organized sports outside of school will be able to skip gym class under a new state law.

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