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What’s the matter with Kansas’ schools?

Kansas, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom. And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education.

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Kramer construction, selling old high school site top priorities to TSD (Ohio) in 2014

Talawanda School District leadership remains the same for 2014 and it wants to keep the district on the same path as in the past few years.

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Troubles ahead for new school design, construction in North Carolina

A motion for the allocation of funds for the design and construction of three schools did not pass after heated discussions about costs, design process and county input.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools leader unveils plan to improve district deficiencies

Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez unveiled a proposed 6-month transition plan for consideration by the school board that includes a recommendation to overhaul the district's administrative structure by relocating about 100 employees to individual schools to improve responsiveness.

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Tulsa-area schools see mixed funding in midyear adjustments in state aid

Midyear adjustments in state aid for Tulsa-area districts came in mostly as expected, but an overall reduction in per-pupil expenditures still stings, school officials say.

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Report raises questions about Nevada’s school accountability under No Child Left Behind waiver

Many “failing” Nevada school were given a pass under the state’s new accountability system, according to a recently released national report.

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Nebraska state ed department begins plans to 'score' schools

The Nebraska Department of Education took a step Monday toward creating a system to hold schools accountable for student achievement by combining what are now numerous rankings into just a few classifications.

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Portland Public Schools marathon contract talks don't yield deal

Portland Public Schools and its teachers union were unable to reach a deal despite a 21-hour marathon bargaining session, and both sides are now figuring out what to do next.

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Arizona lawmaker seeks expanded vouchers for private and parochial schools

Proponents of a voucher-like program are preparing to make them available to more than 400,000 students statewide now that court challenges to the initial program have been rebuffed.

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Some California charter schools are opening for the wrong reasons, experts say

In a state besieged by budget cuts and where per-pupil spending is among the lowest in the nation, dozens of schools converted to charters in the 1990s and 2000s in search of a funding boost.

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