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7/31/2015

The College Board has revised its AP U.S. History course in response to criticism it received after a rewrite of the course in 2014. Officials say the revised course offers a "clearer and more balanced" view of American history. Some complained the previous version focused too much on "identity politics."

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College Board, AP
7/31/2015

A Missouri school district is a leader in creating trauma-informed schools. Educators learn about triggers of students' negative behaviors and look for ways to address the root causes and factors from home, such as abandonment, divorce and violence.

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Missouri
7/31/2015

Students in Tennessee have been working in an outdoor community garden as part of the nonprofit Keep My Hood Good. The fruits and vegetables grown are delivered to elderly residents, some of whom live on a fixed income. An official said the program teaches students skills including how to garden, to eat healthy food and to give back to the community.

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Tennessee
7/31/2015

Principals and other administrators should use the summer break to rest and reflect on the previous year, writes Naphtali Hoff, a former school administrator and current executive coach. In this blog post, Hoff suggests several tips for summer break that allow administrators to take time for professional growth and set goals.

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Naphtali Hoff
7/31/2015

Texas has adopted a law that requires cameras to be installed in special-education classrooms, if they are requested by parents, teachers and others. However, questions about funding remain concerning the program. State officials estimate it could cost $2.6 million statewide, but others say costs will run much higher.

7/31/2015

A Chinese study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that children who were raised by their grandparents had a twofold increased likelihood of being overweight or obese. Researchers also found that children who lived with two or more grandparents had a 70% higher risk of being overweight or obese than those whose grandparents didn't live with them.

7/31/2015

Lawmakers in Congress began the process Thursday of brokering a compromise on a bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One lawmaker involved in the process predicts the work will be completed by the fall.

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Congress
7/31/2015

Blended learning is showing promise in two Florida districts, but officials say it is too soon to tell how the mix of high-tech and traditional teaching will affect students' achievement. "In the blended learning environment, students who are advanced can work ahead, and the student who struggles has the opportunity to go back and learn a little bit slower, without falling behind," teacher Lisa Hauser said.

7/31/2015

The English-language arts department in a South Carolina district has engaged more than 400 educators in a training program designed to involve teachers in meaningful, ongoing professional development. In this commentary, Felicia Oliver, ELA coordinator for the district, describes how the program has developed into a teacher-led project.

7/31/2015

Maryland has raised the age at which students may drop out of school to 17, and will raise it again in 2017 to age 18. The change will not affect students who now are 16 or older.

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