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Marty Crawford chosen as Texas district's lone finalist

Tyler ISD has named Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its open superintendent position. He has served as the superintendent of schools for the West ISD for six years.

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Task force needed now to address Pa.'s education funding problems

The state’s unfunded liability in its two major public pension systems, those that cover government employees as well as public school teachers, is an economic nightmare. It’s been a ticking time bomb for more than a decade. Now it’s about to explode, wreaking havoc on school budgets across the Commonwealth and leaving school districts — and in turn property owners — holding the bill.

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Boston schools go too far with audio surveillance of school buses

Boston's school department has offered no evidence that incidents of bullying or other misbehavior have increased enough to warrant audio and video surveillance of students on school transportation. Yet the school system is equipping its 750 yellow school buses with microphones and cameras. It’s an initiative that unnecessarily infringes on private conversations.

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Missouri school gets $100,000 for sustainable center

Rockwood Summit High School will launch a new center to help students better understand renewable resources and further achieve in math and science. The Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions, which will be housed on the high school's campus, will allow students to plant crops and see how corn and soybeans become renewable sources for fuel.

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Plaintiffs sought for school funding lawsuit in Mississippi

A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling around Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for lawsuits against the state. The group is seeking payment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K12 school formula since fiscal 2010.

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Teen drinking citations jumps when school begins

Statistics from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board show for the Roanoke Region, the number of underage alcohol citations spikes when school gets back in the fall.

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Seattle looks toward first downtown school in decades

Schools have come and gone over the years around Seattle's downtown core. The Seattle School District is trying to create an elementary school for many of the 1,000 children living close to the area, potentially making the school the first downtown campus in decades.

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Clothes and electronics cause bump in school spending - again

The cost of school-related spending – including pen-and-paper supplies, electronics and other school fees – has increased by 20 percent in just one year, far outpacing wage increases and the rate of inflation, according to Huntington Bank's annual Backpack Index.

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Free lunch program starting for Louisiana district

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all students without families having to fill out individual forms.

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Low salaries keep many teachers out of the middle class

Many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. This problem might be contributing to high teacher turnover rates and keeping educators out of the middle class.

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