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1/17/2017

The White House budget office is reviewing a proposed US Department of Education policy that could affect how schools allocate funding for low-income schools. The proposal -- first released in September -- has drawn criticism from some who say it is too far-reaching. A final version of the proposed policy has not been released.

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1/17/2017

Fifth-grade students in Indiana have been studying how to reduce their school's carbon footprint, an example of the school's focus on project-based learning. Teacher Erik Wolfe, who made a presentation to the school board about the approach, said students have explored issues such as how to reduce water usage in restrooms.

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1/17/2017

Some university students who recently arrived in London as refugees are teaching their native languages to fellow students, workers and clients via a social network. Participants in the tutoring sessions are learning Arabic, Farsi, Korean and Swahili, among other languages.

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1/17/2017

The number of schools piloting charter network Summit Public Schools' free personalized learning platform, Basecamp, increased from 19 in 2015 to 132 this year. This feature highlights some of the pilots, including one at a Massachusetts middle school.

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1/17/2017

Education leaders are replacing zero-tolerance policies with alternatives such as restorative justice. Students in a Florida school district who are involved in minor infractions join the PROMISE program and receive tutoring, counseling and additional interventions.

1/17/2017

Educators in a Montana school district recently participated in an ongoing training model that features professional learning communities. The district has been using the model for about two years, and leaders continue to work on making it a success.

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1/17/2017

Maintaining student and staff data security no longer can fall to school IT departments alone; it's a whole school community issue, says Rose Muller, district technology director. Muller -- and other tech leaders -- share practices for keeping data secure.

1/17/2017

A bill signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will require elementary schools and day care centers to test their water supplies for lead. The law, which takes effect immediately, applies to schools enrolling students up to fifth grade and facilities constructed before 2000.

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1/17/2017

The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for US secretary of education, is scheduled to get underway this evening. Lawmakers are expected to address topics such as school choice and the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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1/17/2017

New York City's universal prekindergarten program is yielding positive outcomes for students at about 84% of sites where the program is in place -- up from 77% of those evaluated between 2012 and 2014, according to data released by the city's Department of Education.

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