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Iowa Board of Education: State exam is our decision to make

An analysis by the Iowa Department of Education says the Iowa Board of Education has the authority to determine the next state standardized exam, a conclusion that brings the board one step closer to adopting Smarter Balanced tests.

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Kentucky district to launch compassion classes at 3 schools

Compassion and personal well-being may not be among the traditional core classes in elementary school but educators say such lessons have become increasingly vital as students face more stresses and trauma.

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Education reforms spur NY lobbying 'arms race'

Various education interests have spent at least $124 million trying to influence lawmakers, officials and the general public at the state and local level since the start of 2006, including a record of at least $16 million last year, according to a review of state records.

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Number of high school graduates interested in education majors has fallen

Between 2010 and 2014, the number of ACT-tested high school graduates who said they were interested in education majors or professions decreased by more than 16 percent. The number of students earning master's degrees in education also dropped.

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Colorado schools to track marijuana offenses by students

Schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana in an effort to gauge the effects of the drug's legalization in Colorado. Schools have been tracking all drug offenses involving students, but marijuana has not been separated on its own.

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Texas official wants deep fryers back in schools

A little more than 10 years ago, Texas banned soda machines and deep fryers in public school cafeterias. Now the state's current agriculture commissioner wants to do away with that ban and place the restriction decision in the hands of local school boards.

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Florida Senate proposes back-to-school tax break

Parents and students may have 10 days of tax-free back-to-school shopping this summer if the Senate gets its way. The holiday is part of a large tax package that would cut $428.9 million in state and local taxes.

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Public school backers step up push to roll back GOP measures

Public school advocates across Wisconsin are ramping up their opposition to a slate of GOP-led K12 fiscal and policy changes in the state budget proposal, including teaching licensing requirements, lower district funding and expanding independent charter schools.

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Michigan senator backs bill to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies

A federal bill could require all schools and districts that receive funding from the federal government to pass policies prohibiting bullying and harassment and report data on bullying and harassment incidents to the U.S. Department of Education.

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State auditor general finds 'serious deficiencies' at York charter school

A state audit shows a York City charter school double billed students, didn't have enough certified staff and failed to keep proper financial and health records. The record keeping at Helen Thackston Charter School was so deficient it was that it was not clear how the institution functioned and spent money, the auditor said.

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