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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, John King Jr., accompanied by President Barack Obama, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama will nominate King, now the acting Education Secretary, to serve as Education Secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, John King Jr., speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.

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Education Department Chief Information Officer Dr. Danny Harris testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on 'U.S. Department of Education: Investigation of the CIO' on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Education Department Chief Information Officer Dr. Danny Harris (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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US Education official apologizes for judgment, collapses

The Education Department's chief information officer collapsed Tuesday after undergoing grueling questioning from lawmakers about his work on side businesses with subordinates, failure to pay taxes on his profits and award of a government contract to a friend's company.

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Make PARCC mandatory to graduate, Christie commission says

Students should have to take the controversial test to graduate, and should be required to pass it starting with the class of 2021, the report says.

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Maplewood school nixes Halloween in the name of diversity

Because of concerns about diversity, the Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood has decided to not hold any Halloween celebrations this year and other Garden State schools may be re-thinking their plans for Halloween.

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After-school activities: How much is too much for your child?

At what point are we just overloading our children as they juggle school, extracurricular activities and family responsibilities?

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NJ teacher who was late 111 times: I was having breakfast

An arbitrator wasn't impressed when Arnold Anderson said his lateness should be excused because he offered a “superb educational experience to his grateful students.”

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Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

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States vary in success at improving high school grad rates

The record high American graduation rate masks large gaps among low income students and those with disabilities compared to their peers.

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College kids tested on basic US facts fail miserably – Watch

These Texas Tech students are completely clueless about US politics... It's pretty unbelievable.

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Many NJ schools are paying a lot of money for their children to take part in extracurricular activities. (Siri Stafford, ThinkStock)
Many NJ schools are paying a lot of money for their children to take part in extracurricular activities. (Siri Stafford, ThinkStock)
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Lawmaker says NJ schools shouldn’t charge for extracurricular activities

Recent data shows for every pupil attending school in the Garden State, the state Education Department is spending a record $19,211, but of that total, only $274 goes toward extracurricular activities. 

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