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Education Data Site Will Allow Parents to Compare Schools in Utah

Utah parents have long had the ability to find data about their children?s schools online.

But not like this.

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Opinion: Hope For the Best, But Prepare to Work to Improve Kansas City Schools

On Tuesday, the Missouri State Board of Education will vote to determine whether the Kansas City School District will remain provisionally accredited or fall to unaccredited status.

While we are hopeful that the district will remain provisionally accredited, the board could change the status to unaccredited. This would be disappointing but not wholly unexpected.

However, the broader conversation should remain focused on educating the students of Kansas City.

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Opinon: Is College a Scam?

That?s the conclusion of a YouTube video called ?College Conspiracy? that?s drawn more than 2.1 million views online.

The theme has been picked up across that site, often by college students themselves, in videos with angry titles like ?My Bachelor?s Degree is Worthless,? ?College is a Rip-off,? and ?College is an Evil Debt Trap.?

With a tough job market, students (and their parents) are making a tough calculation: What will I really learn in college? Will it cost me more in time and money than it?s worth?

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Northern California: Special Education Parents Speak Out About Busing Problems in Mt. Diablo District

Since school started Aug. 30 in the Mt. Diablo district, hundreds of parents of special-education students have complained that their children have been stranded with no bus, dropped off at the wrong address, or have missed class time because buses were late.

The school board voted last year to begin transporting all special-education students on district buses this year to save money, by discontinuing a contract with Durham Transportation through the Contra Costa County Office of Education. But the plan has not been well-executed, district officials and parents say.

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Nashville Unveils Ambitious Music-Education Program for Schools

If you lived in Silicon Valley, wouldn't you expect the public schools to have extensive programs in computer programming and entrepreneurship?

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean posed that question Thursday to help explain his city's new plan to create what is being billed as the world's most ambitious music education program.

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Georgia Wants to Make High School More Like College

ATLANTA (AP) ? Georgia wants to overhaul its high school curriculum, making it more like college with courses tailored to what students want to do after they graduate.

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Ariz Students Outpace Nation On SAT Scores

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's college-bound students continued to score higher than the national average on all sections of the SAT, according to a College Board report released Wednesday.

The state also did a better job closing the "achievement gap," with white students in Arizona scoring about 45 points higher than non-white students, compared to a gap of nearly 60 points nationally.

Both the national and state averages dipped slightly from 2010, with the U.S. scores falling to a record low.

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Obama Launches ?Digital Promise?

The Education Department provided start-up funding for the new project, which promotes software and ?digital tutors.?

The White House announced Friday the launch of "Digital Promise," a nonprofit initiative meant to bring more technology to classrooms.

Digital Promise will promote the development of new educational software and will help educators evaluate which products are actually effective, according to the administration.

One of its first projects will be to research the potential for "digital tutors" to help students learn math and other subjects.

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The Los Angeles Fund For Public Education Launched

Wealthy donors who once viewed the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bureaucratic "black hole" now have a new way to give to the city's public school system.

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Designing Safe Facilities

In the spring of 1999,12 students and a teacher were killed by two gun-toting teenage boys at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., making school safety and security an overnight priority in communities across the nation. Eight years later, a second and even more deadly incident on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where a student shot and killed 32 people, brought a renewed wave of concern and attention to security. But these two largest U.S.

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