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Minnesota school district working on 'gender inclusion' policy

The St. Paul school district is seeking to establish a new policy to protect transgender students. Some of the main provisions call for students to be identified by their preferred names and gender pronouns, and participate in programs and activities that align with their gender identity.

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School leaders would like to see less testing in Virginia classrooms

The 20-year model that Virginia has used for public education and keeping schools accountable is ready for a make-over according to the Virginia Association of School Superintendents' new blueprint for the future of public education. One part of the makeover, that might make students happy, was less testing.

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Concealed carry in schools bill is back in North Dakota House

North Dakota lawmakers have again introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a Class 1 concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in a school, so long as they have the permission of that school's governing body.

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Pulaski schools consider referendum for student iPads

Pulaski School District officials may ask to borrow funds to buy students their own tablet computers to use for classroom projects and homework. An April referendum is being considered to borrow nearly $700,000 in each of the next four years to pay for iPads for all students as part of a 1-to-1 technology program.

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Less standardized testing in school recommended by state schools leader

Ohio schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross has recommended reducing the average amount of time students spend taking standardized tests by nearly 20 percent. The reduction would ensure students in each grade spend no more than 2 percent of the school year taking standardized tests.

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Ohio school tip line already helped prevent tragedies

A new statewide anonymous tip line for schools has been credited with identifying 25 real threats and has expanded to 821 school districts in the state as of this week. The tip line accepts calls or texts and is answered by trained analysts in the Ohio Department of Homeland Security's Threat Assessment and Prevent Unit.

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Georgia may offer new math courses using old-school approach

Educators, parents and school leaders have been vocal about their opposition to the state’s current “integrated” approach to math, which blends three disciplines such as geometry, algebra and data probability in one course. In response, the state developed new courses using the old-school, single discipline approach.

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Oakload district to expand restorative justice programs to all 86 schools

A 10-year restorative justice experiment in the California city's schools will be expanded to all 86 schools in five years. At the 27 schools that now use alternatives to traditional discipline responses, officials cite a drop in suspensions and chronic absenteeism and an increase in graduation rates.

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Bill aims to get walking kids to school safely

A new Florida bill hopes to fix problems for kids that have to walk to school in dangerous conditions. Senate Bill 154 would force local governments to take action.

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California district aims to bolster reputation with signature academies

Newport-Mesa USD is looking to launch a series of advanced specialty education tracks at its high schools next school year. The six academies — engineering, design, global studies, performing arts, arts, and enhanced math, science and engineering — will focus on hands-on work, group projects and interdisciplinary learning.

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