Pick up your pencils: A sneak peek at the new SAT

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Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.

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Team MVP cuts trophy into thirds and shares with teammates

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A teen basketball player cuts her MVP trophy into thirds and shared it with two teammates she felt deserved the award as well.

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Teen gets into all 8 Ivy League schools

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A Long Island high school senior who is the first-generation son of immigrants accomplished a feat few other students have even attempted — getting accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

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SAT dumps essay, promises 'more opportunities'

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'Good-hearted boy': 8-year-old pays off overdue lunch accounts

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For most 8-year-olds, helping out a friend at lunchtime might involve sharing a snack or making a mutually beneficial trade. But when third grader Cayden Taipalus realized some students at his school had to forego hot meals because they had negative lunch account balances, he raised enough money to help thousands of his peers.

“I just want to make kids have a better lunch,” he told TODAY.com.

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Fake blood and bullets: schools stage active shooter drills

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Active shooter drills in school are becoming more common across the country. And in Missouri, it’s a state law.

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Utah school district apologizes for seizing kids’ lunches for unpaid bills

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One of Utah’s biggest school systems apologized Thursday and told angry parents it was investigating why dozens of elementary school children had their lunches seized and thrown away when they didn’t have enough money in their accounts.

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Shelter from the storm: Teachers entertained, dried tears of kids stuck overnight at school

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When 90 kids were stranded overnight by the snow, E. Rivers Elementary School principal Matt Rogers made it a fun “snowcation” — showing movies, serving pizza, drying tears and tucking them in using their own coats as blankets. 

“It was just something you sign up for when you become a teacher,” said one teacher, who slept for about 90 minutes Tuesday night on her classroom floor. “You’ll take care of your children whenever necessary.”

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Hero teacher who talked down New Mexico school shooter credited with saving lives

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Officials praised social studies teacher John Masterson for his bravery after he “allowed the gun to be pointed right at him so there would be no more young kids hurt.”

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Out of poverty: How sending poor single moms back to school is saving families

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Innovative programs across the country are attempting a relatively new approach for ending the cycle of poverty: Sending parents back to school while their kids also get an education. And the results are promising.

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Home (and hungry) for the holidays: Families struggle to feed kids during school break

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The snow was blowing sideways in New York City last Saturday, but parents still streamed in to New York Common Pantry, some leading as many as four or five children by the hand while they sat with volunteers and chose their food on an iPad.

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NY school goes all-in on digital textbooks

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At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book — from freshman biology to senior calculus — is now digital, accessible on students’ laptops and tablets.

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Meet the tutor who makes up to $1,250 an hour

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He looks and sounds like many other young, highly qualified teachers.

Nathaniel Hannan, a 33-year-old Indiana native, went to Notre Dame and got his masters at Oxford in philosophy and geology before becoming a high school teacher in Washington, D.C. He loves to teach and has a gift for communicating.

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Reflexes, not research: Schools use wrong logic to prevent shootings, experts say

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A year after the Sandy Hook massacre, researchers who study school shootings say the nation has done the wrong things, again and again, to prevent these rare events.

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School safety shock: NBC reporters stroll into kid-packed buildings unchecked

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Investigative reporters were able to walk around several New York-area schools, raising questions about security as the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre approaches.

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