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Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation’s second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the school board. The resignation was announced Thursday in a joint statement by Deasy and the board. A separate statement [...]

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First lady: Fashion about more than pretty pumps

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pretty pumps and perfect hemlines are nice, Michelle Obama says, but young people interested in careers in fashion should expect to work hard, take risks and even be rejected. “We want you to see firsthand that a solid education and the willingness to work hard is really at the core of what it’s [...]

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Lightning ignites idea for teen outdoor meeting

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The idea for an outdoor teen education challenge hit like a bolt of lightning. This one hit less than 50 feet from six high school girls on their way up Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia. The group hiked the mountain as part of Blue Sky Fund’s 2013 Outdoor [...]

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Students protest Mormon university’s beard ban

  PROVO, Utah (AP) — A group of Brigham Young University students is protesting the Mormon church-owned school’s ban on something its namesake once sported: a beard. About 50 students, some donning paper beards, biked, skateboarded or rollerbladed their way from the Provo City Library to campus during the “Bike for Beards” protest on Friday night. “I [...]

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California approves landmark ‘yes means yes’ law

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved Senate Bill 967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, [...]

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Va. education officials: Graduation rate increases

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia education officials say about 90 percent of students who entered high school in the fall of 2010 earned a diploma within four years. And for the first time since the state increased graduation requirements, more than half of the graduates received an Advanced Studies Diploma. State Superintendent of Public [...]

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Denver area students walk out of school in protest

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest [...]

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4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

  DENVER (AP) — Authorities say four students have been burned and one suffered serious injuries after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry lab during a demonstration involving methanol. School spokeswoman Lindsay Neil says three students were treated and released after the fire on Monday, and the other was transferred to another hospital because [...]

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Va. educators debate falling English test scores

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome. Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, [...]

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Alexandria schools on alert after weapon report

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Alexandria school officials say all schools went on lock-in after a report of a person brandishing a weapon near one school, but students are now on their way home. An Alexandria police spokeswoman says police received a report of a person with a weapon in the area of Matthew Maury [...]

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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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