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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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Key provision of Wisconsin Assembly school accountability bill dropped

A key provision of the Assembly’s effort to revise accountability measures for Wisconsin schools was removed. The move puts the Assembly and Senate versions of an accountability bill even further at odds.

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New Pa. state website provides financial data on districts, teacher salaries

Taxpayers in Pennsylvania will be able to go online to see how much money their school districts are spending and what salaries district professional employees are receiving. The information will be available as a new feature of the Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles.

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Boston teachers support extended school day in vote

Boston teachers overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would more than double the number of public schools with an extended school day — a measure pushed heavily by city, school and union officials to boost student achievement.

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Arizona may suspend school letter grades

The head of the Arizona Senate Education Committee and the Education Board have proposed suspending school letter grades for a year or two, until possible problems with the new AzMERIT test are worked out.

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Mississippi House votes for school funding amendment alternative

House Republicans pushed through a proposal for alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, as supporters of the original language protested that the effort aimed to sabotage the November vote.

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North Carolina school superintendents roll out education agenda

The state’s school superintendents released a set of education goals on the eve of the start of the legislative session. Among the goals is increasing education funding from 48th in the nation to 25th by 2025.

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