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Maryland introduces accountability system for absenteeism

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is hoping a new accountability system will help to resolve the state’s problem with chronically absent students. The Baltimore Sun cites state Department of Education data showing that about 18 percent of students missed at least 10 percent of school last year. The number jumps to ...

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Pennsylvania eyes statewide school threats reporting system

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Senate is advancing legislation to set up a state-administered program to take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools. Senators approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, as lawmakers explore improvements to school safety spurred by February’s Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed ...

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The Latest: Indiana school shooting suspect had 2 guns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the legal case involving a 13-year-old boy who allegedly shot a classmate and a teacher at an Indiana middle school (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Court documents show that a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate and a teacher at a suburban Indianapolis ...

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Amazon and eBay pull CloudPets smart toys from sale

Image copyright Spiral Toys Image caption Owners controlled audio recordings by pressing the toys’ paws Amazon and eBay are among retailers pulling a brand of cuddly smart toys from sale after warnings they pose a cyber-security threat. Concerns were raised about CloudPets products in February 2017 after it was discovered ...

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Graduating 8th graders get ballistic shields for backpacks

CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — Graduating eighth graders have received a parting gift from their Pennsylvania school: ballistic shields for their backpacks. A company that makes the bulletproof inserts gave them to students during a ceremony Monday at St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford, outside Philadelphia. Faculty members also received ...

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A User’s Guide to the Grading and Methodology

Behind the Numbers Quality Counts grades all 50 states in two key categories of school finance: overall spending on K-12 and equity, or just how fairly and evenly that money is distributed throughout a particular state. But what’s behind those top-line numbers and letter grades? Here’s how it’s done: • ...

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Children’s word of the year revealed

Image copyright Getty Creative “Plastic” has been declared children’s word of the year after analysis of the stories submitted by five to 13-year-olds in a writing competition. Oxford University Press examined the words used in stories sent to BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show’s 500 Words contest. ‘Plastic’ appeared 3,359 times ...

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French town near Paris votes to have school uniforms

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pupils at Sourdun School of Excellence near Paris have to wear a uniform Parents in a town near Paris have voted in favour of school uniforms for their pre-teen children – a rare development in French state education. Six primary schools in Provins, teaching children ...

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Family: Girl shot 7 times in Indiana middle school shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A girl critically wounded in a suburban Indianapolis middle school shooting faces a lengthy recovery after being shot seven times, including in her face, neck and upper chest, her family said Monday. Thirteen-year-old Ella Whistler also suffered collapsed lungs, significant nerve damage and several broken bones, including ...

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