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High school student arrested for writing story about shooting dinosaur

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When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself, he allegedly wrote “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the… [Read More]

Parents are spending big bucks on back-to-school shopping

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American Express’s annual survey on back-to-school spending finds that parents fork over an average of $1,151 for kids before school starts — compared to $1,094 in 2013 and $867 in 2012. Why so much? The money’s definitely not all going toward ye… [Read More]

Video: Teacher caught on camera slamming student against wall

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A 6-year-old Ohio boy was physically scolded by a teacher after stepping outside a restroom at his elementary school earlier this month. Riverdale School teacher Barb Williams grabbed kindergartner Ian Nelson and pinned him against a wall. At one point… [Read More]

Florida school district considers dress code for slovenly dressed parents

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Most schools have dress codes for students. Short-shorts, mid-riff tops and ripped T-shirts are often on the “do not wear” list. A Florida school district is considering extending its dress code to parents who are showing up at drop-off and pick-up… [Read More]

Viral video: Teen gives ‘lazy’ teacher a piece of his mind

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An unlikely Texas high school student is quickly gaining fame as a video of him giving a lecture to his ‘lazy’ teacher blazes across the Internet. With a long mane of stringy hair and a lanky frame, Jeff Bliss has the look of a heavy metal band mem… [Read More]

Guess how much today’s kids are spending on prom?

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Just like the cost of gas, milk and San Francisco real estate, the price of prom is going through the roof. The average prom bill this year will be $1,139, according to a study conducted by Visa. That’s over a $300 increase from two years ago. What a… [Read More]

Nine of California’s top 20 public high schools are in the Bay Area

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Nine of the 20 best public high schools in California are in the Bay Area, according to U.S. News & World Report. The online news magazine released its list of 2013 U.S. public high school rankings this week as well as rankings by state. Pacific Co… [Read More]

Petaluma middle school decides girls’ leggings must be covered

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How tight is too tight for school? Administrators and teachers at a middle school in Petaluma, Calif., are asking themselves this question as they implement a new dress code policy around girls’ form-fitting pants. Kenilworth Junior High has been mak… [Read More]

Public school reformer Michelle Rhee sends child to private school: Should we care?

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Rumor has it that education reformer Michelle Rhee sends one of her daughters to an elite private school with small class sizes and no standardized testing. Should we care? After all, Rhee is a staunch advocate for large class sizes and testing in Amer… [Read More]

Maryland school district bans hugs

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Update: This week St. Mary’s County School District has drawn attention from national media for a new policy forbidding parents from hugging students who aren’t their own. Online news sites have also reported on a new rule prohibiting parents to pa… [Read More]