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Stand up against bullying

For almost four years, the Nashville Predators and I have been partnering with Students Taking a Right Stand on its bullying prevention efforts. It is our goal in 2014 to keep bullying prevention in the news by issuing a new…

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Connecticut releases report on bullying

In the first year of a Connecticut law requiring school districts to report bullying, 1,431 incidents have been documented statewide, according to data the state released to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.

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Parents embracing move to all-day kindergarten

As Minnesota schools complete plans to offer all-day kindergarten in 2014-15, several Washington County area districts are keeping their doors open to possible half-day options. Two districts, South Washington County and the White Bear Lake area schools, already have decided to…

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Rockford area students, buses tracked through GPS system

The $350,000 in GPS technology installed in 272 school buses last year already is paying dividends in both student safety and operational efficiency for the Rockford School District. Bus routes have been analyzed and re-analyzed for speed and idle times and to…

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South Dakota once again ranks last in teacher pay

When it was reported recently that South Dakota again ranked last in the nation in teacher pay, it surprised few in a state that has become accustomed to the dubious ranking. But now South Dakota appears to be falling further behind…

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In age of school shootings, lockdown is the new fire drill

For students across the country, lockdowns have become a fixture of the school day, the duck-and-cover drills for a generation growing up in the shadow of Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Kindergartners learn…

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Children learn lessons other than games on the playground

Recess has taken a beating in recent years. Because of shirinking budgets and ever-increasing academic demands, playground time in many school districts has dwindled, seen as a frivolous luxury. In some places, recess has been cut altogether, despite endorsements from…

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Report: Wyoming spends highly, fairly on schools

Among the C and D ratings on the latest national scorecard to rank Wyoming's progress in education stands one outlier — an A rating for school finance. Wyoming funds its schools well above the national average, the report concluded. The Cowboy State…

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