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Federal sequestration will cost Ohio schools $66 million, state says

Federal budget cuts known as the sequester will cost Ohio's school districts about $66 million in federal aid for the 2013-14 school year, the Ohio Department of Education announced Monday.

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New law requires Illinois schools to hold shooting safety drills

Local school districts will now be required to conduct safety drills to prepare for a possible shooting under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday.

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Scott Walker veto further restricts release of data on Wisconsin voucher schools

The state budget expanding taxpayer-funded voucher schools across Wisconsin will put new limits on the release of public data about their performance, with Gov. Scott Walker reshaping those limits Sunday with his veto pen.

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Activists end fast over Philadelphia school cuts

Activists say they are optimistic that the district will rehire staff now that the state and city have come up with some additional money.

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Rescue plan for Philadelphia schools: Many ifs, but...

This much is clear: An unusual array of political and business leaders helped craft the latest version of a rescue plan.

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Student transfers on hold in Kansas City

The doors are not yet open for students in the unaccredited Kansas City school district to transfer to neighboring accredited districts.

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Should students dissect animals or should schools move to virtual dissections?

Increasingly, states are giving students the right to decide whether they want to dissect animals. Eleven states now have dissection choice laws enabling students to decide whether they want to dissect a frog or fetal pig.

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Washington state lawmakers have one choice on education funding

Washington state Superintendent Randy Dorn has repeatedly told lawmakers that anything less than $1.4 billion in new revenue over the next biennium will not satisfy even the minimum requirements of the 2007 McCleary lawsuit, requires the state to live up to its constitutional duty to make ample provision for the education of all Washington children.

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Our schools, cut off from the web

ON June 6, at a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., President Obama set a goal of high-speed Internet in nearly every public school in America in five years. It was a bold and needed pronouncement — except that in 1996 President Clinton said virtually the same thing, calling for libraries and classrooms to be “hooked up to the Information Superhighway by the year 2000.”

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AASA lauds President’s technology initiative

The President’s proposal builds on the very successful E-Rate program and is one of the boldest efforts in recent memory so clearly focused on ensuring that online and digital learning resources and tools are accessible and affordable to all students and communities.

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