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New York Will Not Change Gifted Program Eligibility

In a reversal, New York City school officials on Wednesday said they would continue their sibling-preference policy for gifted and talented programs that have more eligible students than seats. Amid an explosion in the number of students who qualify for the seats, the city in October said it would end the policy as part of a raft of new changes to the program’s admissions process. School officials at the time said their move would create a fairer system for its highest-performing pupils.

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Philadelphia Ed Official S. Scott-Hunter Succumbs to Cancer

Sharon Scott-Hunter, 59, a retired assistant superintendent of the Chester Upland School District who spent 25 years teaching special education elementary students in Philadelphia, died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Scott-Hunter was a "consummate educator," said Gregory Thornton, former superintendent of Chester Upland.

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Marine Vet Stands Guard at California School

Sgt. Craig Pusley, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took up self-imposed duty in front of a central California elementary school in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. "When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic," Sgt. Pusley said. "I just want to be sure all these kids go home safe for Christmas."

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Retired Sandy Hook Principal Will Return to Her Old Job

Donna Page, the retired principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, will return to her former post when the school reopens, her husband confirmed Tuesday night.

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AFSA Calls on Obama to Create School Safety Task Force

A national task force on school safety should be the first policy step of the Obama Administration in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary according to a school principals’ union that sent a letter to the White House today urging immediate action.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Donates $500 Million to Education Charity

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is donating nearly $500 million in stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues.

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78 Texas School Districts Without Safety Plan

Seventy-eight Texas school districts either have failed to submit state-mandated safety plans in the event of a mass shooting or have filed ones that are too incomplete to be useful, Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Dec. 17.

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Energy Efficiency Lowers School District Costs

While the Reedsburg Area School District’s energy use is up slightly, a cost analysis shows an eight-years savings of more than $550,000 because of a number of efficiency improvement projects.

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Souderton Area School District Mulls In-School Advertising

With North Penn School District moving forward with placing advertising in its schools, Souderton Area School District has put a tentative foot on the advertising bandwagon.

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Illinois to Spend $45 Million on Early Childhood Education

 The state of Illinois will spend $45 million on early childhood education in underserved areas.

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