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Removing Mich. boards' authority to make financial decisions is bad policy

State Superintendent Flanagan, frustrated by the fiscal problems in our K12 system, suggested giving the authority to make these fiscal decisions to superintendents rather than local boards. At first blush, his idea may hold appeal.

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H&R Block running a "How Big is a Billion?" contest

H&R Block recently introduced the "How Big is a Billion?" contest, a new educational program that asks teachers to turn the idea of $1 billion into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant by March 14.

After-School All-Stars receives $4M grant from New York Life

New York Life Foundation announced a $4 million grant to After-School All-Stars, a nonprofit providing year-round, school-based, afterschool programs. The four-year grant will be used to support expansion to serve middle school youth in six new cities.

Plan in Washington to borrow against lottery for school construction

A bipartisan plan for paying for public schools emerged in the state House, offering a creative way to pay for $700 million in school construction by borrowing against $50 million a year in future state Lottery profits.

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S.C. schools may benefit from new idea to fund construction

Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow them to present county voters with a 1-cent sales tax request for school construction needs on the November ballot. The bill would provide the penny-tax option to the state’s counties that do not raise a minimum amount in accommodation taxes.

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Wyoming Senate panel puts brakes on school construction

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee objected to some K12 school building projects appearing on the design and construction list without appearing to go through the initial planning step under the established process.

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Is New York City's charter school fight indicative of a national trend?

When does a local education fight become a national bellwether? When it touches a policy lightning rod, scrambles partisan allegiances and involves political actors who stand in for whole political ideologies.

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Houston ISD trustees need new school closing policies

In the next week, the district will be making the difficult decision about closing neighborhood schools. What is needed is a new set of policies that address the underlying pathology behind school closure. If we do not do this, we will find ourselves having this same discussion year after year.

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North Carolina school board OKs controversial redistricting plan

The Union County School Board, in a surprise vote, approved a redistricting plan before an upset crowd that will require 3,200 out of 41,800 students to switch schools. The plan was amended to exempt current fourth and seventh-graders and all high school students, as long as they provided their own transportation.

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The Common Core's unsung benefit: It teaches kids to be good citizens

Common Core is not just about college and career readiness. It is also deeply and explicitly focused on preparing students for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

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