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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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Zais seeks $34M for buses, close of bonus program

South Carolina’s Superintendent of Education is requesting $34 million for new school buses and asking lawmakers to close a teacher bonus program to new entries. Superintendent Mick Zais told a House budget-writing panel Wednesday that more than 60 percent of South Carolina’s state-owned…

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New regs for Thursday: School lunch program to cost $16.4B

The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which provides free and low-cost healthy meals to more than 31 million students, are now projected to cost taxpayers $16.4 billion for 7.8 billion million students in 2014. The costs will continue…

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New Massachusetts panel will focus on school safety

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is planning to announce a commission Thursday dedicated to addressing bullying and safety in schools. It will be called the School Safety and Security Task Force, and will be charged with developing a model school response…

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Public-safety bills a top item for Colorado lawmakers

At a time when Colorado's parole system is under intense scrutiny and a recent shooting at Arapahoe High School has gripped the state, lawmakers are poised to present bills they say will accomplish a single goal: Enhance public safety. In addition…

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New Mexico shooter had carefully planned attack

He had apparently left little to chance. Just 12 years old, he had his weapon: a .20-gauge shotgun with the wooden handle shaved down to fit inside a duffel bag. A bright but sometimes distant boy who played snare drum in…

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Suspect’s family ‘heartbroken’ over NM shooting

The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday.Meanwhile, the suspected…

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Arizona hopes new charter schools can lift poor Phoenix area

In Arizona, the charter school movement has sold itself as a safe alternative for middle-class families looking to avoid the maze of underfunded neighborhood schools. The movement is now expanding into this city’s most impoverished area for the first time,…

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New Eastport school wins gold by going green

Long Island's newest public school, due to open March 3 in Eastport, is winning praise from national and state authorities as a model of energy efficiency and environmental excellence. The 60,000-square-foot Tuttle Avenue School carries a top gold-certified rating from Leadership…

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Student of New Mexico shooting: ‘Blood everywhere’

Students escaping chilly winter temperatures in southeastern New Mexico were congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym, waiting for classes to start when they heard a loud pop. Thirteen-year-olds Evan James and Kayla Koren, standing on opposite sides of the gym,…

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