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Indiana officials uncover school grading manipulation

Indiana's top education official acknowledged manipulation in the way the state's schools are graded, the latest fallout from an Associated Press report stating that the official's predecessor secretly worked to improve the score of a charter school founded by an influential Republican donor.

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Keep instrumental music in our public schools

We need music in our lives and children need music in our schools. Children deserve to see, feel, and hold string and band instruments, to have the opportunity to share in music-making singly and in groups, and to be in the audience of their peers making music.

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Charter school proposal raises plenty of questions

School Committee member David Birnbach is one of the driving players behind STEAM Studio, a school for ninth- through 12th-graders. The proposal for a charter high school in Andover (Mass.) caught many in the town off guard this week—as much for who is proposing it as the fact that it’s being proposed at all.

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Chicago school closings worry poor neighborhoods

With the closing of nearly 50 Chicago schools, many people are worried about what will become of the boarded-up buildings in poor neighborhoods.

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After Sandy Hook, California schools start the year with heightened security

As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates.

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New York students' test scores below the previous year

Just 26 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the New York state tests in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the N.Y. State Education Department. Fewer than last year, this news is unsettling to parents, principals, and teachers and poses new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards.

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New York mayoral candidates see Cincinnati as model for schools

In search of a cure for ailing schools, educators and politicians from around the world have descended on this city’s poorest neighborhoods, hearing of a renaissance.

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Don't segregate boys and girls in classrooms

Are single-sex classes really an effective way to educate our children?

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36 Ala. private schools sign up for tax credit law

Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.

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Syracuse school district transfers teachers, gets struggling schools ready for September

The district worked deep into the summer to fill the openings in its struggling Innovation Zone schools. Because of their low test scores, the seven "iZone" schools were required by the state and federal governments to come up with plans to turn themselves around.

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