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Bold action needed to improve struggling schools

It’s time to refocus the conversation happening around our district’s lowest-performing schools. There is entirely too much fighting and not enough substantive conversation about children and turning things around for them.

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New York chancellor is criticized for remarks on charter schools

Charter school advocates demand that the New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, release data to support her accusation that those schools push some students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children

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Hardly anyone discussing education on cable news is an educator

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters.

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It's (not) a race to the top: Lessons from the Slow Food movement

A "Slow School" movement would embrace many of the excellent ideas that school reformers have been proposing for decades: de-emphasizing standardized tests, focusing on student happiness, individualizing instruction, and halting the flight of students from their own neighborhood schools.

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Schools may never learn of bus-driver arrests

Ohio school districts are supposed to be alerted whenever one of their bus drivers is charged with breaking the law — on the job or away from work. The statewide system set up to make those notifications, however, doesn’t always function as intended, according to an analysis by WBNS-TV.

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L.A. schools will pay victims $139 million in child abuse scandal

LAUSD will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. The payouts will go to settle about 150 legal claims from former Miramonte students who were subjected to a third-grade teacher's lewd acts.

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Pennsylvania district chief wants China to invest in his schools

Head of the Chester Upland public schools envisions deal in which an elite Chinese school pours up to a billion dollars into the district, which is in state receivership. The state Department of Education has expressed grave reservations about the plan, which calls for Chinese benefactors to put up staggering amounts of money to turn low-performing schools into elite academies.

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Charter schools break law by making parents volunteer, report says

A California nonprofit law firm and advocacy group surveyed about half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools, and found that about a third of those required parents to work at the school in return for their child's enrollment. Some forced parents to pay fees in lieu of working.

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Report on Newtown shooter details missed treatment opportunities

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn't want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment.

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Ferguson-area district closes schools in expectation of grand jury decision

The Jennings School District will not hold school Monday and Tuesday in expectation that a grand jury will announce its decision this weekend on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson. School officials aren't concerned about student safety inside the buildings, but on streets near some of them.

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