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New multimillion mentorship initiative announced in Ohio

Ohio education officials are offering up $10 million for a new school mentorship program. Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's public schools and giving more students access to role models.

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N.C. education department used conservative-backed group for history lessons

State high school social studies teachers would be encouraged to use curriculum materials prepared by an institute funded by the conservative Koch family, under a Department of Public Instruction proposal. The Bill of Rights Institute had a sole-source contract to help develop materials for teachers to use in a required founding principles course.

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Suspending kids doesn’t fix bad behavior; Wash. district look for answers

Instead of the old, zero-tolerance approach to violence in schools, Kent School District principals now have more discretion to weigh the factors behind kids’ behavior. School-safety officers act as mediators rather than just security guards. And many of the violations that once sent teenagers home get addressed through in-school suspension.

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DA Daily is breaking for the holidays

DA Daily is taking a few days off for the holidays. Today's DA Daily will be the last edition of 2014, and we will return with the new year on Jan. 5.

Language requirement doesn't make the cut for Minneapolis schools

A new policy will not require Minneapolis students to take world language classes or ethnic studies before they graduate.

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Mississippi schools tackle the problem of hungry students

Nearly a third of all children in Mississippi are food insecure, according to a report by Feeding America. Teachers, administrators and staffers sometimes have to step in to make sure students get the food they need.

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Ann Arbor school board to consider changing high school start times

Sleep-deprived Ann Arbor teens who dread waking up by 7 a.m. or earlier for school each weekday could have reason to rejoice next year. Ann Arbor school officials are considering a later start for high schools.

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Concussion suit could spell end of football at some Illinois high schools

High school football could cease to exist in some towns if a concussion lawsuit filed against the Illinois High School Association succeeds, officials with the organization said Friday.

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More parents think Cleveland schools are getting worse than improving, school choice survey says

Of the eight large cities surveyed, only Philadelphia parents had a lower opinion of school progress than Cleveland parents, with even Detroit residents more likely to believe schools there are improving than here.

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Philly students stage 'die-in' protests at school

Students at 3 Philadelphia high schools staged what have become known as "die-ins" to protest the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City.

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