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Baltimore to close 5 schools, delays community school vote

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore city school board has voted to shutter five schools, and delayed a decision on a community school activists have fought to save. The Baltimore Sun reports that the vote on the fate of William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood was delayed Tuesday to ...

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Oxford historians object to empire project

Image copyright Pavelklyuyev Image caption The Ethics and Empire project is being hosted by the McDonald Centre based at Christ Church college Up to 60 Oxford University academics have signed a letter in opposition to “the agenda” of a project assessing the ethics of empire. The programme is led by ...

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Governor’s STEM Initiative awards announced in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Science, technology, engineering and math programs at 84 schools and organizations across West Virginia are receiving funding through the Governor’s STEM Initiative. Education and Arts Secretary Gayle Manchin announced the funding of more than $200,000. A news release from Manchin’s office said awards were granted to ...

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Cheyenne students learn programming with Legos

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Legos are much more than just a great toy for architecturally inclined children. These days, they’re also an educational tool. Two years ago, a teacher at Cheyenne’s Gilchrist Elementary began using the plastic building bricks to teach writing to her first-graders. Now, Amber Dent and Kim ...

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Investment where profit is better schools

Image caption The project wants to raise literacy and numeracy standards for 200,000 young people in India The worlds of bonds, investors and the financial markets might seem like a long way from the millions of the world’s poor who never even get to see their children going to school. ...

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State seeking after-school ideas for $12M federal grant

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking proposals for $12 million in federal grant funding for afterschool programs serving large low-income student populations. The money is available from the U.S. Department of education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. It finances academically based activities. Tony ...

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Lawsuit: Louisiana school district promotes religion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Promotion of religion is “engrained” in a Louisiana school district, a parent said in a federal lawsuit, and her family has been shunned and criticized for objecting to religious activities. Christy Cole’s lawsuit seeks a court declaration that the Webster Parish School District’s practices are unconstitutional, ...

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Teacher raises money to buy entire school Christmas gifts

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey teacher has bought Christmas gifts for her entire school using online fundraising donations and says next year will be “bigger and better.” Jennifer Olawski says she was inspired to buy gifts for the students at Community Charter School of Paterson last year after ...

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Grenfell children deliver the alternative Christmas message

Image copyright PA Image caption The children all lived in Grenfell Tower Five children who survived the Grenfell Tower fire will deliver this year’s alternative Christmas message. The message, broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Day, will urge people to “love and cherish” their families. The children, aged between seven ...

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School superintendent’s job at risk after student assault

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma school board was set Tuesday to consider the resignation of its superintendent amid an investigation accusing several officials of failing to immediately alert police after a 16-year-old football player said he was sexually assaulted by several teammates. The agenda for Tuesday’s Bixby school board ...

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