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Private School Tax Credits Approved by Texas Senate Panel

Texas' Senate Education Committee on Thursday approved a private school tax credit bill that would allow about 10,000 students in low-performing schools to attend private or religious schools at state expense. The measure by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, was approved on a 5-0 vote of the committee, with four other members who were either opposed or lukewarm to the proposal absent.

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El Paso Schools Cheating Scandal: Who's Accountable?

No one knows if Atlanta's school superintendent or any of the others involved will go to jail, but they wouldn't be the first if they do. Lorenzo Garcia, the former superintendent of schools in El Paso, Texas, has been sitting in a federal prison since last year. He's the nation's first superintendent convicted of fraud and reporting bogus test scores for financial gain.

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N.J. School Chiefs Take Issue with Peer Group Rankings Report

The N.J. Dept. of Education shook the education world Wednesday when it released a new multi-page "School Performance Reports," that provides an analysis of the state’s schools in detail never before seen, including the percentage of middle school kids chronically absent; the percentage that took algebra in middle school; and more.

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English Language School Officials Indicted on Immigration Fraud Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted officials at an English-language school in Duluth on charges of illegally bringing female immigrants here to work as prostitutes in local Korean bars. Dong Seok Yi, president and CEO of College Prep Academy and the owner of The Korea Times Atlanta, is accused of conspiring to enroll the immigrants at his school knowing they would not attend classes as required.

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North Ind. School District Joins Central Time Push

The Goshen School Board voted Monday to add Goshen Community Schools to the Central Time Coalition's list of more than 40 Indiana school systems that support observing Central Standard Time in Indiana during the winter and Central Daylight Time the rest of the year.

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Pasco (Wash.) School District Pushes to Improve Student Writing

Kathy Hayden, the district's executive director of curriculum and professional development, told the Pasco School Board on Tuesday that a district committee is working on re-emphasizing writing throughout all grades and subjects.

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Arizona’s Public Schools Getting Creative to Compete for Students

Facing increased competition for students and the funding that comes with each, many public schools and districts are embracing new ways of promoting themselves.

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Batavia (N.Y.) School District Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the district discriminates "against the girls' softball players by providing superior facilities and equipment to the boys' baseball program than it provides to the girls' softball program."

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Mass. House Rejects Gov.’s Push for Early Education Expansion

Patrick had asked DeLeo to approve an additional $131 million for early education to support higher salaries, professional development, and competitive grants to innovative programs that want to expand.

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Indiana Ramping Up State Education Web Pages

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says social media is a powerful tool and her team plans to use both Facebook and Twitter to send information in real time. She says the Twitter feeds will also include live tweeting of meetings and events.

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