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Afternoon Announcements: Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies Don’t Make Schools Safer

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January 06, 2014 04:35 pm

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Students in Alexandria schools in Virginia are pushing officials to find alternatives to suspensions for disciplinary problems. The Washington Post

The Vera Institute of Justice, a national nonprofit group, recently released a report on the effects of zero-tolerance discipline policies. The findings show that the “crackdown” on student misbehavior does not increase school safety. Michigan Live

Twenty states have now received federal funding to improve their early-learning programs as part of the US Department of Education’s third round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants. Education Week

The GED exam is changing to reflect contemporary workforce demands. “The new test is going to focus much more on the ability to use knowledge to learn more and solve problems. And what’s also new here is that it’s computer based.” NPR

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