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School day starts too early, study finds

Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later during the 2011-12 school year, according to CDC data.

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Florida to host first Dads Take Your Child to School Day next month

The state wants all its public elementary schools to encourage fathers to be more involved in their children's education. The goal for the late September day is for fathers or other significant male figures to take their kids to school and learn a little about how important they are to youngsters' academic success.

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Ruling allows open carry of guns in Michigan elementary school

A judge has ruled that a father can legally open carry his pistol inside of his daughter's elementary school despite a legal challenge from the school district. State law prevents people from carrying concealed firearms on school property. However, the law allows individuals with concealed pistol licenses to openly carry in schools.

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Gov. Chris Christie agrees to study later school start times

A new state law—signed by the governor—requires New Jersey's Department of Education to study the feasibility and potential benefits or consequences of starting school later at middle and high schools. In the state, about 85 percent of middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m.

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Chicago Public Schools restores bell times for 34 schools

After facing complaints from parents, school administrators and students at the schools, the system will return them to the original bell times. In all, 40 schools will change bell times and eight other schools agreed to an alternative in an effort for the struggling school district to save money on busing.

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West Virginia launches school attendance initiative

The state school superintendent kicked off the Attendance Matters statewide program, which focuses on reducing truancy numbers. After three unexcused absences a letter is sent to parents. After five a conference is scheduled and after 10 unexcused absences the issue goes to the court system.

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Schools employ many different ways to test for drugs

New Mexico’s larger school systems haven’t committed to the idea that drug testing is the way to go. For those that have, there is a uniformity of idealism, if not an actual assembly line, in terms of policy.

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Schools’ staggered start dates help students adjust

By staggering the start of classes, smaller groups of students can ease into the school year, get to know their teachers, navigate through their buildings and learn about school rules and procedures. Addressing those back-to-school details early can alleviate a lot of problems down the road, experts say.

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Many challenges face Kansas education as school year starts

This just might be the most challenging year in Kansas education in a generation. State funding, teachers leaving the state and hiring issues are plaguing districts across the state.

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Iowa education board moves toward new standardized test

The Iowa Board of Education has taken one of the first steps necessary to adopt the Smarter Balanced test, aligned to the Common Core, that would replace the Iowa Assessments exam students now take.

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