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Bond market gets an ‘F’ for charter school funding

One of the biggest impediments to the growth of the charter school movement isn’t anger, fear or even politics. It’s financing. A new survey found that N.Y. charter schools that aren’t housed in school district space spend 15 percent of their budget just on rent or mortgages—even more if they’re operating in New York City.

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N.C. Senate panel backs new Wake school construction bill

New legislation that would single out the Wake County Board of Commissioners in taking over school construction from the school board passed a state Senate committee, potentially breaking a stalemate that has held up the change.

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Houston ISD board rejects bids for high school property

The Houston school board voted unanimously to reject both bids to buy the desirable inner-city High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice property. Trustees did not comment immediately on the vote, but the deal had been controversial, pitting nearby St. Thomas High School against a private investment group and worrying supporters of the Houston Independent School District campus.

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About 100 N.J. public workers lied to get free school lunches

An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller.

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Blended learning means more computer time for 'digital natives'

Cumberland (R.I.) High School is using the Edgenuity online blended learning program for summer school credit recovery. The program provides more flexibility to students who might otherwise have had to take summer classes in another school where Cumberland would not be able to control the rigor.

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A takeover of a failing Philadelphia school produces successful results

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, the police predicted chaos. But instead, results show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.

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St. John Parish School Board appoints new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Plymouth (Mass.) schools appoint three new administrators

Plymouth (Mass.) school officials have appointed Kristin Wilson as principal at Hedge Elementary School; Scott Williams as principal at West Elementary School; and Stacey Rogers as the district’s special education director.

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New director of secondary education, student services for East Aurora (Ill.)

Winding down its hiring spree, the East Aurora (Ill.) School Board voted Monday to appoint two new administrators to oversee student services and secondary education.

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Sacramento County (Calif.) Board of Education will appoint new trustee

The Sacramento County Board of Education is looking for a new member. The board will accept applications for its Area 5 trustee position until Aug. 15, and will appoint a new trustee at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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