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Arkansas educators to discuss School Choice

The Arkansas State Board of Education will discuss School Choice, a law passed this session allowing a certain number of students each year to transfer to any school. The Public School Choice Act of 2013, or School Choice, allows parents to decide where their kids should go to school, regardless of district boundaries.

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Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District saving money with solar panels

Pennsylvania schools that adopted solar power say their arrays are performing as expected, in some cases generating 100 percent of building electricity. In the Bethlehem Area School District, five of 22 schools have solar panels.

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Literacy, resilience help Madison (Wis.) school fight poverty

How does an elementary school adjust to a steep and rapid rise in the number of poor children coming through its doors? With programs to build language and technological literacy, resilient character, and ties to the community, says Brett Wilfrid, principal of Sandburg Elementary School, on Madison’s far east side.

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Inglewood (Calif.) schools' slide steepens despite state takeover

Many in Inglewood thought the city's struggling school district had been handed a lifeline last year when the state Department of Education took the reins, hiring new leaders and infusing the school system with $55 million in emergency loans.

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New Denver Public Schools remedial classes aimed at college success

KayLynn McAbee is one of thousands of high school graduates across Colorado slated to take costly remedial courses that do not count toward her college degree. But McAbee will not have to pay for the courses because of a new summer program developed by Denver Public Schools.

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Education overhaul slows in Louisiana's 2013 legislative session

With two notable exceptions, the 2013 Legislature was marked by the death of a wide range of public school bills, including a push to delay the key impact of Louisiana’s new teacher evaluations.

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Grouping students by ability regains favor in classroom

Ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

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Six months after Sandy Hook shootings, schools seek secure redesigns

When Alissa Parker first heard there was a shooting at her 6-year-old daughter’s school, she immediately thought of the building’s security weaknesses and wished she’d spoken up. “Knowing the location of where Emilie’s classroom was, if anyone gained access to that building, I knew that my child was very vulnerable,” she said.

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Mercer County (N.J.) schools awarded driving simulators

High schools in Mercer County and around the state were given surprise gifts last week: driving simulators with fifteen different programs that allow students in their classrooms to buckle-up and get real experience behind the wheel.

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Police alter staffing at Sioux Falls (S.D.) schools

Police Chief Doug Barthel announced last month that the department no longer would dedicate three officers to giving fifth-grade students lessons on substance abuse, peer pressure and bullying.

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