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Ohio board favors extending flexibility in graduation rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s school board is recommending that lawmakers give students beyond the class of 2018 the flexibility to earn high school diplomas through specified alternatives not based on passing tests. Ohio added flexibility for current high school seniors after educators warned that too many students could be ...

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Survey: Bullying leads students to enroll in virtual schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A survey has found that many Oklahoma students who’ve enrolled in a virtual charter school left their previous school because of bullying or problems with school administration. The Oklahoman reports that the study was commissioned by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, which oversees the ...

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Death threats cause lockdown after teacher handcuffed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board’s office went on temporary lockdown after getting death threats from around the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting. The threats have come from as far away as South America, ...

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Little Rock Nine member writes book detailing experience

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of the nine black teenagers who were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock by federal troops 60 years ago has written a book about her role in the school’s racial desegregation. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Elizabeth Eckford reflects on her time ...

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Nebraska nonprofit seeks school concussion injury policy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A nonprofit advocacy group has asked Nebraska’s State Board of Education to create a model policy for schools to assess and monitor students who have brain injuries. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska told the Education Board last week that schools ...

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Campus free speech fears ‘whipped up’, says university boss

Image copyright Parliament TV Image caption There is little evidence that universities are inhibiting free speech argues Prof Tickell Claims that universities are inhibiting free speech are based on misleading evidence “whipped up to create a moral panic”, a university leader has told a Parliamentary committee. Universities thrive on free ...

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Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms. Schools were challenged in other cities affected by the cold ...

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University bosses face curbs under fair-pay rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Universities have been under pressure over senior pay University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries, under a new fair-pay code announced in the wake of claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors. Senior pay would also be expected not ...

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