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La Center Schools (Wash.) Plug Into the Future

A hushed air hung over Rhea Heaton's first-period Spanish class at La Center High School, as students took an end-of-the-week quiz Friday. Light murmurs of students asking questions mingled with the gentle tapping of fingertips on illuminated screens.

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Cellphone Use in Miss. Schools A Possibility

It may not be long until it becomes common to hear teachers start a lesson by asking students to pull out their cellphones.

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Kan. State Board of Education Will Debate Role of Cursive Handwriting on Curriculums

Should children born into a world of computers, iPads, smartphones and e-cards have to learn old-fashioned cursive handwriting?

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Easton Area School District (Pa.) to Bill Cyber and Charter Schools for Students Who Play Sports

Former Easton Area School District students who transferred to cyber and charter schools can still play for Easton's home teams, but their new schools will have to pay.

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Wis. Schools Turn Away From Gimmicks to Motivate Students for Test Season

Sophomores at Wausau West High School are about two-thirds the way through taking state standardized tests, and they have no questions about how critical it is that they do well.

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Budget Cuts Force Beaverton (Ore.) Teachers Into Classes They've Never Taught

Jessica Keskitalo spent five years teaching world history, economics and government at Westview High School.

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Passage of Ga. Charter Schools Amendment Heartens Some, Worries Others

With the bruising battle over the charter schools amendment in the state’s rear-view mirror, educators and politicians are focusing on what they believe comes next.

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N.Y. District Tweaking New Lunch Plans

In September, schools began following a federal law to make lunches healthier, but some of the changes have been unpopular with students, and now some schools are searching for solutions.

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Fighting Truancy in Chicago Schools: A Score Card on Strategies

Chicago school officials have tried but largely abandoned various strategies for combating truancy in grades K-8 during the past two decades, while collecting little if any data on whether the programs were effective or why some failed. A few programs remain in place but operate on a limited scale or are riddled with problems, the Tribune found.

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Candidates File Papers to Run for L.A. School Board

The race for three Los Angeles school board seats — and an expected showdown between the teachers union and its opponents — began to take shape Saturday with the deadline for candidates to announce their plans to run.

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