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Pennsylvania state ed secretary nominee William Harner resigns

After three months in the state capital, William Harner, the former Cumberland Valley School District superintendent, is looking for a new job. Gov. Tom Corbett asked for and received Harner's resignation as a result of uncovering "multiple and inappropriate comments" during Harner's background check.

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Guns in school are costly

Oregon school districts that allow or require armed personnel in schools face higher liability insurance premiums. A statement made by the Eugene, Oregon newspaper The Register-Guard and directed at the nearby Harrisburg School Board, the newspaper argues that the move means the insurers have calculated higher risk, or taken the view that firearms in schools reduce safety, rather than promote it. 

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For students in tornado-ravaged town, back-to-school will be 'new normal'

Students heading back to the classroom in Moore, Okla. on Friday nearly three months after a massive tornado destroyed their schools will find a "new normal," their superintendent says, with some pupils attending classes in a church and others in a building loaned by a junior high.

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After Sandy Hook, California schools start the year with heightened security

As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates.

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Newtown approves use of grant money for new school

Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December.

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A takeover of a failing Philadelphia school produces successful results

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, the police predicted chaos. But instead, results show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.

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Lax education in humanities, social sciences spark outcry

A new report argues that humanities and social sciences are as essential to the country's economic and civic future as science and technology. The study, commissioned in 2010 by a bipartisan group of members of the Congress and conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, comes at a time when the value of liberal arts is being challenged.

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Russell County Middle School on Alabama's failing schools list

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

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Third lawsuit filed to stop Chicago school closings

The Chicago Teachers Union and a group of parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down 10 city schools. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures.

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Kids, teachers reunite after Oklahoma tornado

Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins.

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