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Illinois high school to snip students' hair to test for alcohol use

Starting this fall, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. plans to randomly snip students' hair throughout the coming school year so it can be tested to see if the kids have been drinking booze. The school has been conducting random drug tests since 2007.

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Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

Beth Gratta has heard the whispers, read the venomous online comments and watched with dismay as some of her friends and neighbors publicly condemned a plan to bus 475 students from a distressed urban school district nearly 30 miles away to her children's better-performing suburban schools.

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Arkansas school district will arm teachers, defying AG

An Arkansas school district that was advised against arming its staff by the state attorney general has decided to let teachers carry guns anyway.

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Indiana officials uncover school grading manipulation

Indiana's top education official acknowledged manipulation in the way the state's schools are graded, the latest fallout from an Associated Press report stating that the official's predecessor secretly worked to improve the score of a charter school founded by an influential Republican donor.

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Chicago school closings worry poor neighborhoods

With the closing of nearly 50 Chicago schools, many people are worried about what will become of the boarded-up buildings in poor neighborhoods.

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After Sandy Hook, California schools start the year with heightened security

As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates.

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New York students' test scores below the previous year

Just 26 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the New York state tests in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the N.Y. State Education Department. Fewer than last year, this news is unsettling to parents, principals, and teachers and poses new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards.

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New York mayoral candidates see Cincinnati as model for schools

In search of a cure for ailing schools, educators and politicians from around the world have descended on this city’s poorest neighborhoods, hearing of a renaissance.

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36 Ala. private schools sign up for tax credit law

Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.

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Syracuse school district transfers teachers, gets struggling schools ready for September

The district worked deep into the summer to fill the openings in its struggling Innovation Zone schools. Because of their low test scores, the seven "iZone" schools were required by the state and federal governments to come up with plans to turn themselves around.

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