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Los Angeles Schools, Teachers Accused of Cheating

Student test scores from two Los Angeles-area schools have been thrown out based on evidence of cheating by teachers.

Three teachers at Short Avenue Elementary are accused of correcting answers on student answer sheets or instructing students toward correct answers -- or both. A science teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School is also accused of correcting answers after exams have taken place.

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Michele Bachmann Suggests Axing The Department of Education

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), told a forum that if elected president, she would consider cutting several federal programs and institutions, including the Department of Education -- reiterating a stance she's mentioned before.

Her comment was in response to an inquiry by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) at the Palmetto Freedom Forum in South Carolina Monday. The Republican presidential primary forum focused on immigration, government downsizing and constitutional and social issues.

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Money Troubles, New Standards Bring Changes to Michigan Schools

It's the beginning of a crucial year for Michigan because stringent, systemic changes are headed to all 800 school districts and charter schools.

A financial crisis means many students will head back to schools where class sizes are larger, programs have been cut, their favorite teacher may have been laid off and where services are being privatized. Some children may have to walk farther to catch the bus -- if bus service is offered at all. Some are paying more to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.

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Young Men's Leadership Academy in New York Shapes Future Leaders

In a school district where the performance of young men ? especially black and Hispanic boys ? lags behind their female classmates, educators are always looking for ways to better reach this population of students.

Research has shown that boys learn differently than girls, thriving on such things as competition and hands-on projects that aren't always found in traditional school settings.

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Philadelphia District Ready for New Year Without the Drama of Ackerman

Although she was nowhere to be found Tuesday, it was impossible not to talk about the return of 155,000 students to classrooms in the Philadelphia School District without mentioning Arlene Ackerman.

Without mentioning the $905,000 buyout it took to force her out. Without mentioning the turmoil her time in Philadelphia caused and what her long, drawn-out exit threatened to do to the morale of the thousands of teachers, principals and others who will make sure schools welcome students with open arms today.

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Education Reform Coming to the Suburbs of Maryland

As the school year finally gets under way, public school students across the state will be writing more often and learning to think differently in math class, as the state begins major education reforms that will change everything from the curriculum to the way teachers are evaluated.

While some of the changes ? which districts agreed to make in exchange for more federal funding ? have faced resistance from teachers, others have already been embraced in classrooms.

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Budget Woes May Worsen for LAUSD Schools

Awakened by buzzing alarms or nagging parents, thousands of Los Angeles Unified students will pack their backpacks with new notebooks and pencils on Wednesday for the start of the new 2011-12 year.

While youngsters may be nervous about pop quizzes and making new friends, administrators and educators are anxious out the outlook for the nation's second-largest district.

Superintendent John Deasy was intently watching the stock market and monthly jobs reports this summer - and neither has improved his prognosis for the new school year.

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Teaching Terror: As 9/11 Moves From Memory to History, Schools Adapt

Lindsay Tallman remembers walking the halls as a senior at Old Rochester Regional High School on Sept. 11, 2001, when she first heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Now, in her fourth year as a teacher at the same school, she shows her ninth-grade history class footage from 9/11.

"Surprisingly, many of my students have actually never seen extended footage from the day. It's usually very emotional for them to watch for the first time," she said.

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Chicago Students Head Back to Class as Battle Over Longer School Day Continues

Chicago Public School students returned to class Tuesday following a dramatic summer for their teachers and new CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard.

An estimated 300,000 students and 20,000 teachers headed to their prospective schools following an aggressive push by Brizard and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to have 100 percent attendance on the first day. One way the city tried to reach that goal was by offering free bus and train rides to kids and adults traveling with them between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

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Obama Jobs Plan: White House Weighing Options on School Repair, Teacher Hiring

WASHINGTON --The president's reported $300 billion plan to resuscitate a stagnant job market remains in a fairly vague form, one day before the president is set to discuss it in an address to a joint session of Congress. But sources outside of the administration are hopeful about one component: money that would be spent to rehire or retrain teachers and repair failing school systems.

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