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Education advocates give Philidelphia city council, Pennsylvania state Lawmakers low marks

A report card from a coalition of education advocates gives barely-passing grades to City Council and the state legislature, when it comes to funding Philly schools. City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

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Ted Mitchell, Education Dept. nominee, has strong ties to Pearson, privatization movement

Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was nominated in October by President Obama to become the Under Secretary of the Department of Education. As the administration continues to reshuffle its team, and confront new regulatory challenges, some view Mitchell’s nomination as a move towards greater privatization. In the coming months, the Department of Education will release “gainful employment” rules to rein in for-profit colleges, an experiment in proprietary education that many see as an unmitigated disaster.

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Democrats' plan would oust education secretary

After three years of battling with Hanna Skandera, the state's controversial education secretary-designate, Democratic lawmakers have a new plan to get her out of office. A new proposal would simply make her position disappear. Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, is backing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the job of state education secretary altogether.

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Vermont to get $37 million for early education

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced Thursday that Vermont is one of six states to share a $280 million federal Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms yielded mixed results

Mayor Bloomberg’s overhaul of the public schools was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of city government—backed by a doubling of the education budget during his tenure. From the very question of who would control the country’s largest school system to the tiny details of what kids ate for lunch, Bloomberg evaluated and acted on every aspect of public schools.

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Union-area (Maine) school district, teachers OK incentive pay plan

Terms of the contract for the teachers in the school system that serves Union, Warren, Washington, Friendship and Waldoboro were released last week. The two parties have been negotiating for nearly two years to reach a deal.

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Columbine shooting continues to cast shadow over schools

According to an analysis of data from the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, there have been at least 285 school shooting incidents across the country since April 20, 1999.

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Common Core education standards get legislative scrutiny

All but five states have adopted Common Core, but it has increasingly come under attack, particularly from conservatives, and some states are now considering dropping the standards.

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More Florida high schools earn A's

The percentage of high schools earning A's or B's hit 82 percent, a sharp increase from a decade ago when only 40 percent did. The number of F-rated high schools dropped to one from two last year.

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Bayonne (N.J.) schools' drop in bullying attributed to new policies, training staff

A new report shows that Bayonne schools saw only two instances of bullying during that period, which is a far cry from a reported 64 instances during the 2011-12 school year.

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