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New rules restrict junk food from schools

After July 1, students will have a harder time getting their hands on junk food in public schools, as stricter standards raise the nutritional value of what’s available in cafeterias, campus stores, snack bars and vending machines.

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Autism rates rise again

Autism rates soared by nearly 30 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in 68 eight-year-olds was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2010—a rate that has more than doubled since the year 2000, when 1 in 150 children were identified.

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An alternative approach to preventing bullying

By engaging students in leadership roles and increasing their skills and understandings, the climate of support for bullying will decline, conflicts will be more readily resolved and students will be more likely to intervene positively.

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Jennings School District hums a new tune for success

When students in music class at Jennings School District in Missouri started taking violin lessons, they would show when they were frustrated. After a year of playing beautiful music, the students wait a beat, and calm down, instead of acting out.

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The Business Of: e-payments

A step for districts going paperless is to stop accepting cash or paper checks from parents. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

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On Topic: The SAT and social equity

University of San Francisco associate professor Richard Greggory Johnson III, who focuses on social equity and human rights, says the same problems that have historically plagued the SAT will remain in the updated version, and that the exam really isn’t needed at all.

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BYOD success stories

Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition.

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PD evolves with the Common Core

As the new standards transform learning, teachers across the country are learning to implement new math systems, add informational texts and demand more of student writing. Meanwhile, a sharper distinction is emerging between training offered to elementary school teachers and to their peers in higher grades.

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Ed-tech startups raise $500 million this year

Education technology-focused startups are experiencing their biggest boom ever, with 99 new companies raising over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014. This is up from just 20 companies that raised $64 million in 2009, according to startup activity database CrunchBase.

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Early childhood re-energized

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio neared his 100th day in office, he could already boast of an achievement that may not only shape his legacy, but also take part in transforming the nation’s largest school system: universal prekindergarten.

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