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Georgia city system to borrow $18 million

Decatur's board voted to borrow $18 million for school construction projects. Under the proposed certificates of participation (COPS) financing agreement, the system would transfer title for three elementary schools to the Georgia Municipal Association and then sign a lease agreement to use the buildings.

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Shifting the power balance

In many states, the negotiation process between school districts and teachers unions is changing as new legislation gives administrators more freedom to pass reforms without collective bargaining.

Schools, not recreation centers, make communities desirable

The secret to a strong neighborhood and community does not start with a recreation or events center. It starts with great schools. If a city and county are going to spend money to make the community great, they should get serious about making their school districts the best in the state.

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Voucher plan short on private school partners, study finds

If Tennessee adopts a new school voucher program, the question arises whether enough private schools will participate to feed the demand envisioned by lawmakers. An ongoing market analysis sponsored by the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development suggests a severe shortage in seats.

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College prep conundrum

Experts are divided on whether colleges are exercising more caution about awarding the tuition-saving credit that has been a major selling point for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

School budget proposal clears hurdle in Colorado

A $500 million package cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature. The two bills awaiting a final vote aim to use the improving tax collections to backfill K12 budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charters more funding and help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

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Study: Teaching social skills raises test scores

Responsive Classroom, a widely used K6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day, improves academic performance, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March.

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New Orleans’ schools unite to ease dropout rate

The Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District will share facilities and citywide educational services including a therapeutic center for students with severe mental health issues and a system to evaluate preschoolers with disabilities.


Middle school "sexting" in Illinois now a police matter

Students involved in sexting inappropriate images at a Barrington middle school are now facing more serious consequences as a criminal investigation has been launched rather than punishments through the school's student discipline code.

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