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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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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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Many students staying in school over break

Wesleyan University has joined the growing list of colleges in Connecticut offering students the choice of taking an extra class over their winter break. Other schools, including the University of Connecticut, are expanding their winter intersession offerings, citing a demand from…

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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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Blog: NY Urban League supports Common Core standards

As we prepare for 2014, our thoughts turn to the events that shaped our year, from the acquittal of George Zimmerman to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to the recent passing of Nelson Mandela. Indeed, it has…

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Task force members clash on education funding

A legislative task force clashed Tuesday over funding as they worked on a blueprint for addressing education in Alaska. Members of the House Task Force on Sustainable Education, working on a draft presentation during a teleconferenced meeting, agreed with language stating…

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