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Massachusetts moves forward with funding for electric school buses

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced several key grants and investments in alternative-fuel vehicles, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot.  According to a spokesperson involved in the Clinton Global Initiative’s Electric School Bus Demonstration, the Commonwealth began the…

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Showdown brews as congress turns focus to K-12 spending

Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs—including the Obama administration’s marquee competitive-grant initiatives—with lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees facing a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year’s…

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Opinion: Common Core doesn’t add up to STEM success

As a former member of the Common Core Validation Committee and the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, I am one of the few mothers to have heard the full sales pitch for this latest educational reform, which has…

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State: Waiver means end of math ‘double-testing’

Students in the seventh and eighth grades no longer face the prospect of being "double-tested" in mathematics after the U.S. Department of Education approved a state-requested waiver, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said Thursday. The federal action means that those…

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For NYC schools head, a focus on middle school

The new leader of the nation's biggest public school system started her job Thursday with storm clouds brewing — the clouds that had a new city administration weighing whether to call a snow day for 1.1 million students. But Carmen Farina had…

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Virginia woman, 23, starts preschool program

Kendra Robinson watched one of the teens at her church graduate from high school directly into flipping burgers at Wendy’s. No college, no apprenticeship. So began her mission to help students in 2008, when she founded the Christian Athletic Union just…

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When a shooter attacks, should teachers, kids fight back?

When two classmates carried out their attack on Columbine High School in 1999, the armed students killed 13 people in 16 minutes, but it took police more than three hours to find them. School shootings unfold rapidly, and usually police don’t…

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Maine student loan tax credit program falls flat

It’s been more than five years since Maine created tax credits for college graduates who remain in the state to work, but only a fraction of graduates take advantage of the program because of the state’s failure to effectively market…

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GED test overhauled; some states opt for new exam

The GED test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes. On Thursday, an upgraded GED exam and two new competing equivalency tests offered in several states will usher in a new…

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