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Safe Schools or Suicide Breeding Ground? Student Testifies in MN

Christina Wagner bravely tells of how a cruel nickname classmates gave her and the rumors they spread about her sexuality caused her to develop an eating disorder and consider suicide.
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Clarksdale Mayoral Candidate: 'We Need a Cultural Shift' in MS Education

Clarksdale Mayoral Candidate: 'We Need a Cultural Shift' in MS Education
In 1980, only 54.8 percent of Mississippi residents 25 and older had a high school diploma according to Census data, compared to 80.4 in 2010. The share of adults with a high school diploma rose from 43.8 percent in 1980 to 75 percent in 2010.
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School Transforms After it Replaces Security Guards with Art Teachers

School Transforms After it Replaces Security Guards with Art Teachers
Despite calls by the NRA and others to place security guards in every school, Orchard Gardens, a K-8 school in the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts, decided to go the opposite way, shedding the hundreds of thousands of dollars it spent on security guards.
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Chicago Prepares to Close 54 Public Schools

Chicago Prepares to Close 54 Public Schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the mayor's hand-picked Chicago Board of Education have their sights set on closing 54 public schools this year.
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Sequester Cuts Are Dumb, Education Cuts Are Dumber

Sequester Cuts Are Dumb, Education Cuts Are Dumber
Cuts to government spending like the now-reviled “sequester” are not only “dumb” as my colleague Robert Borosage explained this week. They are literally making us dumber. Unfortunately, cuts to essential funds for educating our children aren’t limited to the dreaded sequester.
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Updated FAFSA Form to Provide Gender Neutral Fields for Alternative Families

Updated FAFSA Form to Provide Gender Neutral Fields for Alternative Families
The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents’ marital status as “unmarried and both parents living together.” Additionally, the form will also use terms like “Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)” and “Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)” instead of gender-specific terms like “mother” and “father.”
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Education Reform Under the Knife As State-Funded Pre-K Programs Cut Back

Education Reform Under the Knife As State-Funded Pre-K Programs Cut Back
While Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continue to promote the president's proposal, researchers say existing programs are inadequate, and until their shortcomings are fixed there is little desire by lawmakers to get behind Obama's call for more preschool.
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Hundreds of Chicago Students Walk Out of Standardized Test

Hundreds of Chicago Students Walk Out of Standardized Test
Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of state exam Wednesday. Their message: "We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!"
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TX Testing Woes Torpedo Bush School Reform Theories

TX Testing Woes Torpedo Bush School Reform Theories
Hey, New Jersey, this is your future, and it's starting in September. The states that adopted tests early are figuring out that they don't contribute to a quality education, and they're pulling back.
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TN Lawmakers to Students: Make Good Grades or No Welfare Check for You!

Basically, if you're a poor child and your family depends on welfare to survive, you better keep your grades up or you and your family will suffer. No pressure or anything.
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