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9/20/2017

Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that adopted the Common Core State Standards, eight have repealed them and 21 have made or are making mostly minor changes to the standards. Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, describes Common Core as a "much better recipe for student achievement."

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9/20/2017

Students, educators, residents and elected officials across the US are among those changing how -- and if -- Columbus Day is marked in their communities. For example, a pair of high-schoolers who are also Tlingit tribe members sought changes in Edmonds, Wash., to mark Columbus Day along with Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 2, while communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Tennessee also debated the issue.

9/20/2017

Students of Georgia middle-school teacher Ashley Hare dress up once a week as if they are going to work as part of a business education computer science course. Hare says the program helps students practice "soft skills" sought by employers, such as shaking hands and being punctual.

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9/20/2017

Students at Massachusetts middle school recently met in small groups to discuss the book they picked to read during the summer. While previous efforts called on all students to read the same book, the shift to a book-club format allowed students to choose a book from a list of 50 titles and gather with peers, plus a teacher, who chose the same book for in-school club activities.

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Wicked Local
9/20/2017

A Missouri middle school's library offers five ukuleles for students and staff to check out a week at a time. The instrument program complements the school's popular ukulele club, said library media specialist Christie Brown, who started the ukulele loan program after reading about a program at another school.

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Missouri middle school
9/20/2017

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have received approvals for their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, but some plans may have fallen short of the ambitions hoped for, according to this analysis. This article explores four takeaways from the approvals.

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District of Columbia
9/20/2017

More than 39 million students have internet access at school that allows for digital learning -- up from 4 million in 2013 -- according to a report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway released Tuesday. The growth is attributed to investment in the federal E-Rate program.

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9/20/2017

Students in special education at an Alabama high school gain jobs skills and interact more with their peers by selling coffee at the school every Friday morning. The students are assigned jobs from making coffee and taking money to advertising the business around school.

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Alabama high school
9/20/2017

Students who are a year older than their peers when they start kindergarten are 2.1% more likely to attend college and 3.3% more likely to graduate from college, according to a study. Researchers compared the academic accomplishments of students born in August and September -- because of most school-registration rules, the students born in September were more likely to start school one year later.

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Today
9/20/2017

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in an interview that there is an imbalance between how the federal government funds and regulates the education of students with special needs. DeVos did not elaborate on whether she will ask Congress for more funding or fewer regulations to solve the issue.