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Ohio legislators urged to drop many state regulations of public schools

A new report urges Ohio lawmakers to allow local educators to customize their approach to learning. Schools should be able to fire ineffective teachers hire teachers without licenses, and eliminate salary schedules that now are based on continuing education and seniority, says the report authored by Seattle-based Education First.

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Feds: Palm Beach County schools make it hard for immigrants to enroll

In a 2013 settlement, the district vowed to better welcome immigrant students, but some schools continue requiring parents to provide a photo ID that matches a fixed address and original birth certificates for students born out of the country, the Justice Department says.

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Legal fight against yoga in Encinitas schools is finished

The parents of two students had sued, alleging that the yoga program promotes Hinduism while the district discourages any display of Christianity.

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Wisconsin education professors: Raise teaching standards

Not only are more skills and a deeper understanding of teaching methods needed to reach students with increasingly diverse needs, but a nuanced grasp of the profession is necessary to envision what education should be in the 21st century, professors say. 

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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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