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AM News: Boston Students Return to School Today after Marathon Tragedy

Boston Marathon bombings cast shadow over schools as they reopen BostonGlobe: When public schools reopen Monday for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, Cambridge will be grappling with dual sorrows. Several teachers in the district were injured in the blasts, according to school officials, and both suspected bombers — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died Friday after a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was hospitalized after his capture — graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. “I think the overwhelming feeling is just of confusion,” said Samuel Gebru, 21, a 2009 graduate who is trying to organize a rally with other alumni and students to support the community. “We are surprised. We are hurt.”

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Louisiana recalls student data stored with nonprofit inBloom NewsStar: Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White says he is withdrawing Louisiana student information from a non-profit database, just two days after he assured Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members that the data was safe and could not be distributed without DOE approval. “I’m confused,” BESE member Lottie Beebe said early Friday after reading an email from White about the change. “The other day (he said) it was the best thing since mom’s apple pie!"

Language Programs Flower in Utah NYT: For generations, Mormon missionaries from Utah have crisscrossed the globe and returned home speaking Tagalog and Xhosa. Now, with hopes of preparing students for a competitive world economy, the state is building one of the largest and most ambitious school-language programs in the nation.

GOP Senator: No More Federal Money for Common Core PoliticsK12: Congress wouldn't pump another penny into encouraging states to adopt the common core standards, or overseeing their implementation, at least if Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has his way. Grassley wrote a letter April 18 to Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who also hails from the Hawkeye State, asking him to include language in the bill that funds the U.S. Department of Education prohibiting the education secretary from using any of the money in the measure to oversee state implementation of the standards. 

In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces' NPR: Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that's not entirely about the art. It's an after-school program based in a struggling neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that teaches black boys and young men what they call "the four C's": "Connect, create, contribute, celebrate." From ages 3-25, they learn to express themselves by conceiving their paintings together. And those paintings will often reflect what's going on in their lives.

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The Boston Marathon bombings were such a tragedy in the fact that the actual bombers are graduates from local schools. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of all the victims and those affected by this horrific tragedy.I personally believe that we are a very resilient country and that we will rally around the city of Boston to come together and show support.

This was such a tragedy, but we all must come together as a nation and support one another in times of such. My heart aches that this could be happening today, but reality is, it can happen anywhere at any time.

well i want to start of by saying that was the worst tragedy. picturing my self after winning a race im all happy glad i made it through the fight and then the happyness died base on a bomb man. that the worst that could happen after winning a race,but i think that great that the students are back at school and are learning again because knowlegde over rule everything

Its upsetting to watch the news and constantly hear bad news. I think that these young men who call themselves radical extremist need to find something better to do with their time. instead of sitting around and plotting to harm innocent people, they need to come up with ways to better change the world.

I can't even imagine how I would have handled being anywhere near that situation. I think that it is a very selfish act when people commit crimes to kill people. Those who die never have a chance at a full life, those who survive are mentally damaged for the rest of their lives. The victims families lose loved ones and a whole nation cries. I don't think criminials realize to what extent the pain goes, but then again maybe they do. But it's sad to know that some can be so inhumane to other human beings. The world can be an awful place sometimes. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those families, and to the families of the bombers as well. Though our lives have returned to normal, it's gonna take a while for those families to get it together.

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