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Teachers hit the books to master new education standards

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

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Education overhaul faces a rest of partisanship

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill aimed at greatly narrowing the federal role in public education that was expanded under No Child Left Behind. No Democrat voted for the bill, called the Student Success Act, and the Obama administration has threatened to veto it.

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Bullying most prevalent in middle school, report finds

Slightly more than half of all reported incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation happened at middle schools across the state. High schools reported 26 percent of bullying cases, while elementary schools had the fewest bullying incidents -- 18 percent.

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Forgot your homework? Mom can't bring it to school in Summit (N.J.) anymore

Parents of Summit school children received that news in an email sent mid-afternoon on Friday, July 19. The reasons for these changes are “the responsibility to put the safety of our students foremost,” the letter said.

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Budget squeeze in Chicago schools pushes some classes online

Members of the Local School Council at Dyett High School say their principal has advised them he can’t pay for enough teachers with the budget he was issued from Chicago Public Schools.

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New Alabama law labels special schools as 'failing'

Four public schools statewide that teach only special-needs students wound up classified as "failing" under Republican-backed legislation enacted this year.

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Montgomery County (Md.) test performance drops, but schools say tests are misaligned

MCPS and the Maryland State Department of Education said the test is not yet aligned with new Common Core State Standards some school systems, including Montgomery, are already implementing.

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Closure of seven Sacramento schools upheld

A federal judge on Monday denied a bid by parents seeking to prevent Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary campuses.

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Hillsborough County (Fla.) plans two new schools, three school renovations

Hillsborough County's school district will build an elementary and middle school in the southeastern part of the county and is renovating three elementaries this year.

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Trial begins for ex-Pittsburgh schools cop accused of sexual abuse of middle school students

Instead of using his badge, uniform and handcuffs to protect and serve, Robert Lellock used them to threaten, blackmail and victimize four troubled students at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in the late 1990s, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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