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Iowa students plan to join US gun violence walkout

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students at several high schools across Iowa plan to join Friday’s national walkout to protest gun violence and seek safer schools. The event marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High shooting in Colorado. Many of the Iowa teens were on break last month and ...

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Should twins be taught separately?

Image copyright Getty Images Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not. A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically. And this is the case for both identical ...

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‘My teacher saved me from suicide’

Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn’t been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And ...

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Norway warns graduates against having ‘sex on roundabouts’

Norway’s high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers “too much of a surprise,” the national transport regulator said on Wednesday. Norway’s annual post-graduation period called “Russ” lasts weeks, involves partying and drinking heavily — and ...

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Alaska Legislature passes school funding bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a school funding bill. The measure covers two years. But the second year of funding, along with an additional $30 million, hinges on passage of separate legislation that would establish structured draws from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for ...

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Audit finds fault with Education Dept. clearance process

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Education Department watchdog has found that the agency has not been properly screening its contractor employees. The department’s Office of Inspector General says in a report released Wednesday that the agency’s financial aid office has not been following guidelines on hiring contractor staff. As a result, ...

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Narrow vocabulary ‘hits pupils’ grades’

Image copyright PA Image caption Many teachers blame the problem on youngsters not reading enough for pleasure Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school. According to academics, four out of 10 ...

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Tennessee lawmakers grill education commissioner over test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers have spent the afternoon grilling Tennessee’s education commissioner over a new problem with the state’s assessment test. One lawmaker called for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to step down over the latest debacle with the test called TNReady. McQueen announced earlier this week that students ...

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Bug in online system puts school testing on pause

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Standardized testing has been placed on hold at some Ohio schools over login issues with the online system. A spokeswoman with the state Department of Education says officials learned Wednesday morning of an issue with American Institutes for Research, the vendor that distributes the tests. School ...

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