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Getting Lessons on Water by Designing a Playground

The sixth graders at Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School 157 in Queens have a tough assignment before them: design a new playground that will transform a sea of black asphalt at their school into a recreational oasis — and, while they are at it, help clean up New York City’s waterways.

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Tennessee School District Bans Novel Over Teen Sex Scene

A school district has deemed an awkward teen's two-page encounter at boarding school in the coming-of-age novel "Looking for Alaska" too racy, banning the book from class reading lists.

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Fort Worth, Texas Oilman Honored for Longtime Involvement in Education

The first time Jon Brumley was asked to serve on what became known as the Perot Committee, charged with overhauling Texas education in 1983, the Fort Worth oilman had to say no.

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Florida Education Officials Tour Area, Tout Charter Schools

"Wanna see my book report?" asks first-grader Johnathan Ponce, pointing up at a colorful wall covered in student work. Michael Kooi of the Florida Department of Education turned around obligingly to look at Johnathan's hand-drawn cover.

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Lake Forest (Del.) School District Kicking the Obesity Habit

Lake Forest (Del.) School District is kicking the obesity epidemic. Schools should, they believe, be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle.

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Genting Cools Interest in Buying Miami-Dade School District Property

The cash-strapped Miami-Dade School District has several options to consider from developers interested in buying its prime downtown real estate, but interest has cooled from its biggest suitor -- the Genting Group.

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Philly School District Goes to Supreme Court in Charter Case

The Philadelphia School District has asked the state Supreme Court to consider overturning a recent Commonwealth Court ruling about charter schools that could have dire consequences for Philadelphia and other cash-strapped districts.

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Conn. House Approves Education Overhaul Bill 149-0

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that attempts to overhaul the state's public education and attempt to close one of the nation's largest achievement gaps between rich and poor.

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Banks Ore. School District Has Chronic Problem With Students Skipping School

An alarming number of students in Banks School District are frequently skipping school days, according to a recent study surveying truancy in schools across Oregon.

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College vs. Career a False Choice for Students

In 2002, a handful of technology powerhouses — Apple, Microsoft, SAP — realized there was a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they would need to compete in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.

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