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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: The 'Greatest School on Earth'
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Aug. 23 -- The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools issued the following news:

At the Union Cross Elementary block party, teacher Jessica Tracey was holding a frame that said "Greatest School on Earth."

As students and their families came in, Tracey, who teaches fifth grade, offered them the frame for taking a picture in front of the "photo booth." Next to the "photo booth" background was a table filled with hats and helmets and other fun accessories that they could put on if they wanted.

Many took advantage of that option.

Asked how long she had been teaching ... Show Full Article

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Tops Nation With Highest Number of Magnet Schools Awarded Standards of Excellence National Certification Status
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 23 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior, TERRA Environmental Research Institute and Ponce De Leon Middle are among Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) seven newest additions to the roster of Certified National Magnet Schools. The other four are Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Senior, Howard D. McMillan Middle, and Lamar Louise Curry Middle schools.

All seven Magnet schools earned the added bonus of "Demonstration" for exceeding the criteria outlined in the Magnet Schools ... Show Full Article

Miami Dolphins Announce Partnership With Miami-Dade County Public Schools Through Values Matter Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 23 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release:

As part of the Miami Dolphins' educational pillar and its FOOTBALL UNITES(TM) program, the Miami Dolphins announced a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) through Values Matter Miami, a series of initiatives designed to promote education and values among its students. The announcement took place on Friday, Aug. 23 at Miami Carol City Senior High School with M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III, Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of ... Show Full Article

Fairfax County Public Schools Announces Policy for Free or Reduced-Price Meals
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Aug. 23 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Fairfax County Public Schools announces its policy for providing free or reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Each school and central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Some schools in the division, including Annandale Terrace Elementary, Bailey's Elementary, Bailey's Upper Elementary, Braddock Elementary, Crestwood Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Garfield Elementary, ... Show Full Article

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Establishes Vision to Increase Student Achievement and Close Gaps
TOWSON, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- Baltimore County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams established a clear vision for Baltimore County Public Schools at this morning's Administrative and Supervisory meeting, held at Loch Raven High School.

During his back-to-school speech to about 700 Team BCPS school and system leaders, Dr. Williams focused on increasing student achievement and closing gaps based on race, ethnicity, and participation in services from special education, English for speakers of other languages, and free and reduced-price meals.

Emphasizing ... Show Full Article

Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools Announce District's Lowest-Ever One-Year Dropout Rate
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 22 -- Chicago Public Schools issued the following news release:

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- Improvements Driven by African American and Latino Males

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools announced today that the district's one-year dropout rate has reached an all-time low of 6.0 percent, which was driven by progress made by African American and Latino males. Providing support to students who are most at-risk of dropping out through a focus on social and emotional learning, strong partnerships like Becoming a Man and Working on Womanhood, and the district's commitment ... Show Full Article

California Charter Schools Association Issues Statement on California Teachers Association Report on Students with Disabilities
LOS ANGELES, California, Aug. 22 -- California Charter Schools Association issued the following statement by spokesperson Brittany Chord Parmley:

Earlier today, CTA and UTLA released a new report "State of Denial: California Charter Schools and Special Education Students" focusing on students with disabilities and charter schools in Oakland, San Diego and Los Angeles.

"California's charter public schools are proud to serve nearly identical numbers of students with disabilities as traditional district schools, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office, and are making greater learning gains ... Show Full Article