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Report: Neb. School District Lobbying Increasing

Nebraska public schools spent more than $457,000 last year on lobbying legislators, an amount that has increased recently despite a law that bans the use of state money for district lobbying.

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School Districts Shouldn't Ban Books

There are two things you should know about J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.” The book is one of the most censored titles in schools throughout the United States. The book is one of the most studied titles in schools throughout the United States.

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Ill. School Districts Offering Big Bucks to Attract Top Candidates

Students, parents, residents and employees of the Oswego School District had the opportunity to weigh in on a few aspects of the superintendent search.

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Should Public School Districts Continue to Fund High School Athletics?

Last week dueling guest columns in the USA TODAY prompted several days of impassioned letters from readers taking sides on the issue.

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Making Schools Work

AMID the ceaseless and cacophonous debates about how to close the achievement gap, we’ve turned away from one tool that has been shown to work: school desegregation. 

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Oregon Bans Native American Mascots

For years, Banks High School in Oregon has had its own local twist on the national anthem, signing off with “Land of the free -- and home of the Braves!” That’s been a ra-ra reference to the yellow-and-black warrior with feathers and a mohawk that has always been the school’s mascot.

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Number of Wis. Public School Teachers Fell 2.4% in 2011-'12

The number of teachers in Wisconsin's public schools declined by 1,446 positions, or 2.4%, during the 2011-'12 school year, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says in two reports that will be released Monday.

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Education is the Latino Issue, not Immigration

In this election season, both Republicans and Democrats continue to reach out to Latinos by focusing on immigration, the supposed priority issue for Latino voters. Candidates translate their key messages into Spanish, thinking that we like to hear our native language when we communicate with politicians.

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Schools to Close 2 Days and Reopen for Last Day of Classes

The mountains of snow and the icy roads never arrived last winter, depriving schoolchildren of the precious surprise of a snow day. But the payoff is about to come, a few months later, to thousands of New York City students.

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Nashville Schools' Diversity Praised During Rezoning Trial

Metro Nashville’s school zoning plan promotes integration by offering choice, national desegregation expert Leonard Stevens testified Wednesday in the final day of a trial over whether the district unfairly moved black students.

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