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December 17, 2012 05:14 pm

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Schools nationwide are ramping up security amidst worries as they re-open their doors today after Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Educational leaders are working to restore a sense of safety and security. New York Times

Increasing academic standards is leaving some students struggling, as one Virginia high school is learning. At Falls Church High School in Fairfax County, a school with a high percentage of low-income students, scores on the state math test plummeted – with the passing rate going from 92 percent last year to 75 percent this year, after implementing harder test standards. Washington Post

The Department of Education is narrowing the focus of the Investing in Innovation grant program, or i3 program. Instead of allowing competing schools and districts to propose innovation in any number of up to 10 areas, the Department will encourage schools to design programs focused on one area, such as improving low-performing schools. Politics K-12

If the government goes off the “fiscal cliff,” and automatic cuts are implemented, school districts will be negatively affected. Beyond that, some high schools will be forced to close due to the budget cuts. US News & World Report

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