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School leaders blame vendor for chicken-and-waffles lunch during Black History Month

On the first day of Black History Month, the planned hot lunch menu for Nyack Middle School students was changed by the district's food vendor, without notice, and kids were offered chicken and waffles, with watermelon as the dessert.

Texas State Board of Education expels its opposition to school vouchers

With six new members, mostly conservatives, the State Board of Education walked back its opposition to school vouchers or similar programs that would use public money for private education.

At this school, computer science class now includes critiquing chatbots

Move over, coding. Some schools are asking student programmers to think critically about rapid advances in artificial intelligence.

Is a ‘DARPA for education’ finally happening?

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Department of Education’s statistics, research and evaluation arm, received $40 million in new money for research and development, a portion of which must be used to “support a new funding opportunity for quick-turnaround, high-reward scalable solutions.”

Pennsylvania boy, 9, becomes one of the youngest ever high school graduates

David Balogun recently received a diploma from Reach cyber charter school – based in his state’s capital of Harrisburg – after taking classes remotely from his family home in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, the local television station WGAL reported Saturday.

Education careers places students directly into classrooms for real-world teaching experience

“Even before my junior year, I already knew that I wanted to be a teacher … I was just unsure about the grade level,” one student said. “I want to be a special needs teacher, but I didn’t know a lot of the background about teaching.”

Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas wants to open schools on nights and weekends

Paul Vallas, the former superintendent in Chicago and Philadelphia, promises to put alternative high schools into empty or underenrolled buildings, and create more charter and magnet schools.

Student arrested in beating of 3rd grader inside school bus in Homestead

Disturbing and alarming cell phone video captures the moment a 9-year-old girl is beaten by several older boys while riding on a bus from her K-8 academy.

Virginia principal was not informed 6-year-old had a gun before shooting, lawyer says

Briana Foster Newton, the principal, was removed from her position and will be reassigned within the district, according to her lawyer, Pamela Branch.

State Board of Education eases stance on vouchers after previously rejecting “school choice” policies

The 15-member board had already voted on its legislative priorities in late November, which included rejecting school vouchers. But some board members like Keven Ellis and Tom Maynard believed it was wise for the board not to get involved in the voucher fight this spring.

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