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Michigan Republicans Plan to Privatize Teaching

Senate Republicans are reportedly preparing legislation that would allow schools to privatize instructional services.

The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals reports that Senate Education Committee chair Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) is preparing an education reform package that would allow school districts to hire teachers through a private company and avoid expenses associated with union jobs.

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Kauffman Scholars Exec is the New Interim Kansas City Superintendent

In one week ? one incredible week ? the Kansas City School District emerged from the storm with a new superintendent.

Steve Green, 57, a former superintendent of a New York City sub-school district and most recently the chief executive of the Kauffman Scholars program in Kansas City, accepted the post of interim superintendent and was introduced by the school board Wednesday night.

?I come ready, willing and able to send the Kansas City School District to the next echelon of excellence,? he said.

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Alec Baldwin Donates $25,000 to New York School Sports

Alec Baldwin, star of NBC's "30 Rock," says sports are important for kids and communities and he's backing it up.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports the actor dropped by Camillus (kuh-MIHL'-us), N.Y., and donated $25,000 to the Northrop family on Wednesday to help save the West Genesee School District's modified sports teams.

Baldwin's mother and sister live in Camillus, outside Syracuse.

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Tires Slashed on 16 Wisconsin School Buses

Dane County deputies say 16 school buses had their tires slashed, making them inoperable on the first day of school.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call Thursday morning of vandalism at the First Student Bus Service in the town of Christiana. They found that 54 tires had been slashed.

The sheriff's office says the estimated cost of the damage is $18,900. Authorities ask that anyone with information come forward.

The buses serve the Cambridge/Deerfield School District.

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A Texas School District Mimics Charters, Hoping Success Will Follow

Classrooms are festooned with college pennants. Hallway placards proclaim: ?No Excuses!? Students win prizes for attendance, and pore over math problems with newly hired tutors. They start classes earlier and end later than their neighbors; some return to school on Saturdays.

If these new mores at Lee High School, long one of Houston?s most troubled campuses, make it seem like one of those intense charter schools, that?s no accident.

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Some Iowa Schools Try New Anti-Bullying Policy

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) ? The Iowa Department of Education is instituting a new anti-bullying policy in select schools this year that it eventually plans to take statewide.

The move by the Iowa Department of Education follows a report by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that showed Iowa school districts, on average, reported less than 2 percent of their students had been bullied in any given year since the state passed its anti-bullying law in 2007. National averages are 30 percent of more, the newspaper (http://bit.ly/qmpeas ) said.

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Labor Unions Adjust to New Reality Under Obama

WASHINGTON -- In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength.

Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very survival in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where GOP lawmakers have curbed collective bargaining rights.

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'You Made A Difference' Campaign Thanks Teachers

In recognition of Labor Day, we'd like to draw your attention to a new campaign that focuses on the work that teachers do, and the ubiquity of their influence.

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Cheating on State Tests Found at Two Los Angeles Schools

The state has thrown out the test scores of a top-performing Los Angeles school and of the highest-scoring campus in the nationally known Green Dot charter group after cheating was uncovered involving several teachers.

Short Avenue Elementary in Del Rey and Animo Leadership Charter High School in Inglewood were barred from receiving academic rankings released last week by the California Department of Education. That action deprived the schools of the state rating that has become the key figure used by parents and officials to judge campuses in California.

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A.J. Duffy, Education Reformer?

On several occasions over the last few years, A.J. Duffy sat in a conference room with the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times and expounded on the evils of charter schools, the value of teachers union contracts that included pages and pages of extensive work rules, the importance of the teacher seniority system and the nefarious intentions of those who sought to streamline the firing of bad teachers.

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