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January 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Round-up: Maryland OKs new discipline rules, Obama praises Race to the Top

State of the Union emphasizes Race to the Top, early education (Education Week): President Obama called for Congress to expand preschool to more 4-year-olds and improve job training programs during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. He also made an indirect reference to the Common Core standards and credited Race to the Top with improving student performance in some states.

Maryland approves school discipline changes (The Washington Post): The Maryland State Board of Education on Tuesday approved a sweeping set of policy changes for school discipline. Under the new rules, principals are still able to suspend students, but they have been encouraged to drop zero-tolerance policies.

North Dakota’s oil drilling boom presents challenges for schools (NPR): As thousands of workers flock to the oil fields in northwestern North Dakota, small towns like Williston are grappling with growing pains. The local school district has seen enrollment double, to more than 1,000 students, since 2010.

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