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Education and Video Games Are No Longer Enemies

People who worried that the technology boom would lead to kids playing video games in class were right.

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Indianapolis Schools Starting Major Free Preschool Program

Indianapolis Public Schools is launching what it believes will soon be the state’s biggest publicly led preschool effort.

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Pa. District Puts Police in Elementary Schools

Bundled in their winter coats, students hopped off their buses and walked past an armed police officer standing at the entrance to Riverside Elementary West last week.

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Calif. School Saves Resources Through Digital Books, Assignments

As winter break ends, kids across Ventura County are returning to their backbreaking work — not their homework, but rather their lugging of heavy textbooks around school and sometimes all the way home.

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NYC Schools Chancellor 'Concerned' About Potential Bus Drivers' Strike

The city Department of Education says it is ready for a potential strike by school bus drivers.

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New Option Lets Boston Pick School for Child

Boston parents who do not get their choices of kindergartens for their children in the first round of the lottery now have the option of letting the School Department pick a school for them under a change that went into effect last week.

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Flap Increases Over California School Named for Bandit

Tiburcio Vasquez, a 19th century outlaw, is remembered in historical accounts as a notorious criminal who terrorized southern California. But one school district in California wants to remember him another way: as a hero to the Hispanic community who fought back against injustice.

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Durham Superintendent Says New Testing Will Increase Costs

Durham's superintendent of schools says new exam requirements will cost the school system more than $100,000 a year. Durham Public School Superintendent Eric Becoats spoke Thursday about new exams required by the state. As part of North Carolina's Race to the Top plan, common exams will now be given in any subjects that are not already covered in a state-mandated exam. In the past, teachers whose classes were not part of a state test would administer their own exam. But now, the exams will look the same across the board, even for classes like physical education.

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Gloucester, Mass. Charter School to Close Next Week

A charter school in Gloucester that had agreed to close at the end of the school year is instead shutting down at the end of next week. The 100 remaining students at the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School will be moved into regular public schools.

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Iowa Reports Rise in Public School Enrollment

The number of students enrolled in Iowa public schools jumped significantly this school year, state Department of Education data released Thursday shows. The department said an overall rise of 0.6 percent for the 2012-13 school year was the first significant increase since 1996, although overall enrollment has dropped over the last five years.

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