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Number of failing Texas schools nearly doubles

Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

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Oregon must rediscover the pursuit of educational excellence

The year 2014 can be an opportunity for school leaders, watchdogs and advocates to focus on something new: building a culture of student success.

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How the Common Core became education's biggest bogeyman

The pointed phrasing fed into parents' bubbling anxiety about the Core, more fully known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an education push that aims to make sure students across the United States are learning the skills they need to succeed in a global economy.

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Carroll schools superintendent requests increased county funding

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie has proposed an operating budget for the Maryland district calling for a 2 percent increase, $4.8 million, in county funding for fiscal year 2015. Guthrie presented his budget proposal, which he says is designed to keep the school system "afloat and address the needs we have," to the Board of Education earlier this week.

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Sen. Anderson endorses Hofmeister for Oklahoma school superintendent

Enid state Sen. Patrick Anderson is one of 20 Republican lawmakers to endorse Joy Hofmeister for state school superintendent. Hofmeister, who has not yet announced her candidacy, said the GOP lawmakers will form a steering committee to advise her as she prepares to launch a statewide campaign.

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Louisiana superintendent gets high marks from school board

The Lafourche School Board has rated Superintendent JoAnn Matthews as excellent in her semi-annual evaluation. According to board policy, members are required to review the superintendent’s performance in the fall and spring. Each board member completes an observation report with scores ranging from 1 to 5, and then the review committee averages and totals the scores.

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Knoxville, Tenn. board meeting tackles morale, funding issues

Another busy school board meeting was held in downtown Knoxville recently as teachers, parents and administrators tackled a number of issues that will shape the future of the school district. One topic that came up were the results of the district's recently released teacher surveys, which asked teachers about their feelings on the state of the Knox County School system.

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Los Angeles public library to offer high school diplomas

The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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How to discipline students without turning school into a prison

For years, a body of troubling evidence has been building that reveals racially discriminatory practices in school disciplinary measures. Black and Latino children are more likely to be disciplined, be more severely disciplined, and more frequently are suspended, expelled or sent to special alternative schools.

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Florida lawmakers question timeline for new ed standards, state tests

When Pam Stewart became state education commissioner in September, lawmakers said they would give her time to untangle the complicated issues facing the education department. That unspoken grace period came to an end Wednesday, when members of the Senate Education Committee grilled Stewart on the future of Florida’s public schools.

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