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Success Academy 'zero tolerance' disciplinary policy comes under fire

Success Academy, the charter school chain that boasts sky-high student scores on annual state tests, has for years used a “zero tolerance” disciplinary policy to suspend, push out, discharge, or demote the very pupils who might lower those scores—children with special needs or behavior problems.

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Why some schools are saying ‘no thanks’ to the school-lunch program

States are reporting that some of their schools are dropping out of the healthier school-lunch program because they can’t afford to participate. But does that really mean nutritious school lunches (and snacks) are doomed?

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Calif. school district monitoring students' social media activity

The social media sites of all 13,000 students in Glendale, Calif.'s middle and high schools are being monitored. School officials hired a company called Geo Listening to track students' online posts daily with the goal to intervene when students discuss suicide, bullying, violence, or substance abuse.

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Chicago Public Schools approves budget cuts while 200 people protest

About 200 people—including 20 to 30 students—rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education approved the district’s annual budget, which includes hundreds of millions in cuts. Community activists who organized the protest rally and boycott said it would serve as a real-life lesson for students involved.

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New Pa. education secretary has her own troubles

Less than 24 hours on the job, acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq is already under fire.

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Cheyenne (Wyo.) students squeezed out of local schools

Laramie County School District 1 opened the new year with several dozen elementary students being forced out of their neighborhood schools.

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New Miss. program offers future teachers free education

A new state program can help you go to college for free. Eligible students can receive up to $15,000 a year to attend a four-year institution in Mississippi, WLOX reports.

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Number of Md. schools getting top rating falls

Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday.

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Summer heat prompting some schools to close early

Several suburban schools, including Taft School District 90 in Lockport, Laraway School and Oak Velley School in Joliet, West Aurora School District 129, and Waukegan Public School District 60 were ending classes early on Tuesday.

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Glendale (Calif.) Schools to monitor students on social media

Some 13,000 middle and high school students in the Glendale Unified School District who post publicly on sites such as Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook will be affected by the policy, according to the district.

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