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Struggling schools to face single target

Image copyright Getty Images Using a single “trigger” point to indicate when struggling schools in England require intervention would help to create a more simple system, the education secretary has said. Damian Hinds will tell head teachers there are too many confusing ways for schools to be judged as underachieving. ...

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South Carolina House passes different $8B spending plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has passed its own version of the state’s $8 billion budget adding money for school safety and renovations to the state crime lab. The House’s spending plan was approved just after midnight Wednesday. It will go to the Senate, which is expected ...

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Free speech pledge for universities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The right to protest and free speech needs clearer guidelines, the universities minister says Free speech in universities has to be protected from “chilling” intolerance and “over-zealous” regulations, says the Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah. The minister has met university and student leaders on Thursday ...

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Child funerals: Steps taken to ease burden

Image copyright Liudmila_Fadzeyeva Bailey Kerr was just three days old when he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. For his mother Christine Herron, “everything just fell apart” on that day in July 2015. “It’s hard to describe the grief,” said the County Armagh woman. “He died in my ...

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Michelle Obama, DeNiro, Zendaya fete college-bound kids

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — High school seniors have had the dance party of their lives, celebrating College Signing Day with Michelle Obama in Philadelphia. Obama showed off her moves Wednesday beside A-listers such as Robert DeNiro, Rebel Wilson, Bradley Cooper and Zendaya to celebrate the fifth annual event. The celebrities and ...

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Illinois Senate votes to teach LGBT history in school

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history. The Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday on the plan by Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans (STAYNZ’). It would require schools to teach a history unit on the role in society and contributions of gays, lesbians ...

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NRA agenda stalls despite gun-friendly Congress, president

DALLAS (AP) — A year ago, the nation’s most powerful gun lobby was riding high: The millions the National Rifle Association had spent to help elect Donald Trump, one of the nation’s most gun-friendly presidents, had paid off, and members were hopeful that more firearms restrictions would soon be eased. ...

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