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Nashville, State Education Officials at Odds

As state officials talk about withholding money from Metro Nashville Public Schools as punishment for ignoring their directives, a veteran Metro board member said that kind of sanction would only hurt children.

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Portable Classrooms Moved in for at Least 220 New Students

Six-year-old Hannah Franklin fidgeted and played with a hand-held computer game Monday while she waited outside the Minot Public School District office with her mother, Katie Franklin, to register for the start of school next week. Katie Franklin said the family moved to Minot from Colorado so her husband could take a new job. Hannah will be a first-grader at Bel Air Elementary.

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Austin School District Continues Plans for Two Single-Gender Schools

Despite mixed reaction from the community, and reservations from some board members, the Austin school district will continue to move forward with a plan for two single-sex middle schools.

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Teachers Get 'Debit Cards' for School Supplies

Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards.  

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Manatee School District to Raise Weekly Fee for School Programs

Manatee County school district officials will be raising the weekly fees for the before- and after-school programs in 19 elementary schools.

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Louisiana Department of Education Launches "Believe and Include"

The Louisiana Department of Education today launched Believe and Include, a $4 million competitive grant program that will provide funding to schools to develop innovative programs that help students with disabilities achieve proficiency of the more rigorous Common Core State Standards.

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Balfour Education Centers to be a Non-Traditional High School

Balfour Education Center principal Kent Parent told the Henderson County School Board on Monday he wants to rebrand the school from the “alternative” high school to a non-traditional high school. Parent said the school is focusing more on technology and offering technical and vocational classes.

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Statewide, Students Struggle on New Math Tests

As predicted, students across the state struggled with new math tests featuring more challenging content, according to results released this morning.

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Schools Say, 'Let's Do Lunch — Better'

When lunchtime rolls around at some Chicago-area schools this year, students in the cafeteria line might be served a panini or antibiotic-free chicken or a black-bean burger. And in at least one district, the salad bar will include a combination of cucumbers and jicama.

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Failed Levies, Cuts Cause Concern About Larger Classroom Sizes

With the start of school about a week away, parents are thinking about the new classes their children will be entering. But with that has come some concern over appropriate class sizes.

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