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The Kids’ Menu

Once children walk out the door in the morning, what they eat is out of their parents’ control. Day care workers, school cooks, fast food vendors and friends can all throw roadblocks into a healthy diet.  Controlling what a child eats when he or she leaves the house is one of the hottest topics in […]

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State’s community colleges spend millions on duplicative administrators

Richard Raasueld studies at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. The district broke from the Desert Community College District in 1999. The region’s two districts, with one college each, are among the state’s smallest.Carlos Puma/California Watch The state’s 72 community college districts spend tens of millions of dollars on administrative positions that could be consolidated […]

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Controversial school bonds create ‘debt for the next generation’

Video: Sharon Pieczenik   Decade of Debt: Capital Appreciation Bonds        Uncover how much high-interest debt school districts, community colleges and government agencies have issued. Each circle represents a public entity. The larger the circle, the greater the debt. The redder the circle, the higher the interest that entity will pay. The Napa Valley Unified […]

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Student advising plays key role in college success – just as it’s being cut

At Arizona State, students can use eAdvisor to get a “major map,” which charts a trail through the complicated combination of requirements. The online tool helps students stay on track to graduate. Courtesy of Arizona State University TEMPE, Ariz. – Devon Mills pulls out his smartphone at a Starbucks on the Arizona State University campus and […]

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New online tests hold promise, perils

A student at Townsend Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware takes a computer-based test.   Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report TOWNSEND, Del. – On a recent afternoon at Townsend Elementary School here, a little boy squinted at a computer screen and gripped his mouse. He was stuck. Half of the screen contained an article […]