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Louisiana Department of Education Launches "Believe and Include"

The Louisiana Department of Education today launched Believe and Include, a $4 million competitive grant program that will provide funding to schools to develop innovative programs that help students with disabilities achieve proficiency of the more rigorous Common Core State Standards.

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Balfour Education Centers to be a Non-Traditional High School

Balfour Education Center principal Kent Parent told the Henderson County School Board on Monday he wants to rebrand the school from the “alternative” high school to a non-traditional high school. Parent said the school is focusing more on technology and offering technical and vocational classes.

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Statewide, Students Struggle on New Math Tests

As predicted, students across the state struggled with new math tests featuring more challenging content, according to results released this morning.

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Schools Say, 'Let's Do Lunch — Better'

When lunchtime rolls around at some Chicago-area schools this year, students in the cafeteria line might be served a panini or antibiotic-free chicken or a black-bean burger. And in at least one district, the salad bar will include a combination of cucumbers and jicama.

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Failed Levies, Cuts Cause Concern About Larger Classroom Sizes

With the start of school about a week away, parents are thinking about the new classes their children will be entering. But with that has come some concern over appropriate class sizes.

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The Digital Divide in Greater Danbury's Schools

In a Danbury elementary school this year, Deputy Superintendent of Schools William Glass was surprised after giving a short presentation when he turned to collect his iPhone on his way out the door.

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Nebraska Bill Would Require the Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools

A new bill introduced into the Nebraska Unicameral would require public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. State Sen. Tony Fulton is behind Legislative Bill 990 and says that the law is necessary since recitation of the pledge in classrooms tends to stop when students reach Middle School.

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Local Schools Differ on Campus Cellphone Use

Students at Thibodaux High and South Lafourche will be allowed to use cellphones at school again this year, but other schools will remain cellphone-free, school officials said.

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Muskegon Special Ed Screening Violate Law, District-Requested Audit Finds

Shortly after he took his new job as superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools, Jon Felske became alarmed by the high percentage of students in special education.

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Skipping High School Can Lead to Fines, Jail for Parents

Parents of students at Adrian High School in Michigan will face stiffer penalties if their teen skips school this year. The city's commissioners approved an ordinance last week that could potentially punish parents of absent teenswith a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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