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PHOTO: Utah educators are using Attendance Awareness Month in September to draw attention to educational challenges linked to students who are chronically absent from school. Photo credit: Environmental Protection Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah educators are tackling chronic absenteeism among school students, which research shows can have a serious impact on reading and other critical skills. Voices for Utah Children is one of several organizations promoting Attendance Awareness Month in September, and CEO Karen Crom ...Read More

PHOTO: Virginia should open up how it assesses student progress, according to a member of the committee looking at the Standards of Learning test. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Education.

RICHMOND, Va. - A member of the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee says Virginia should open up how it measures student progress. It's still early in the committee's two-year process, but a teacher in the group is willing to consider adding a writing component or other ways to more broadly m ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's labor unions say Labor Day should be more than a long weekend at the end of summer. It should also be time to recognize the hard work - and workers - around the state. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, said too many people and ...Read More

PHOTO: The IRS isn't necessarily on people's minds as they head back to school. But experts recommend keeping a careful record of education expenses for those who qualify for an education-related tax credit. Photo credit: Florida State University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thousands of Floridians are heading back to school this fall, spending millions of dollars on advanced education. In addition to the student loans and grants available, Uncle Sam also has programs to offer relief in the form of tax credits. "There's a couple tax credits that you ...Read More

PHOTO: As Minnesota children head back to school, eye doctors are reminding parents to get their kids in for an eye exam to head off vision problems at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the health of their children's eyes is critical to their educational success. Dr. Mary Gregory is an optometrist in Monticello, and chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association's Children's Visi ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada libraries are promoting the availability of free resources to help people research their family histories. Photo credit: Town of Rehoboth, Mass.

HENDERSON, Nev. - Nevadans wanting to learn more about their family history may find the best available resources at their local library. Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm is a digital librarian with the Henderson District Public Libraries. She says reference librarians can provide the latest resources and ...Read More

PHOTO: State health officials are urging the public to avoid mosquitoes now that New Mexico has its first confirmed human infection of 2014 of the potentially deadly West Nile virus. Photo courtesy of

SANTA FE, N.M. - As August draws to a close health officials in New Mexico have confirmed the states first human case of 2014 of the potentially fatal West Nile virus. Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, says a 45-year-old woman from San Juan Count ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents who had planned to send their children to private schools using North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship vouchers are in limbo after Thursday's Wake County Superior Court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Photo credit: Chris Potter

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Wake County judge on Thursday ruled against the state's new school voucher program, immediately ending the transfer of millions of public-education dollars to fund private schools. The judge found fault with the "Opportunity Scholarship Program," set to begin this school year. Chr ...Read More

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