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Boston denies request for teacher ratings

The Boston School Department has refused to release overall ratings of teacher performance at individual schools, denying families access to potentially powerful information that could shed new light on the quality of instruction.

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Money for NYC charter schools balloons during Mayor Bloomberg's tenure

Charter school funding, set by the state, has risen from about $32 million to about $659 million over a decade as the mayor increased their number.

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A black education wake-up call

As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see.

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Madison Park school needs autonomy to succeed

Two-and-a-half years have passed since Boston Mayor Tom Menino promised, in a State of the City address, to make Madison Park Technical Vocational High School a model for the city and state. We have seen no such transformation.

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Ohio district hires Jerry Mowery as superintendent

Jerry Mowery is leaving one Ross County (Ohio) school superintendent post for another. The Huntington administrator confirmed that he’s accepted a verbal offer from the Zane Trace Board of Education to become the district’s next superintendent.

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Wynantskill (N.Y.) superintendent under fire

Some parents, teachers and the Wynantskill Teachers Association are calling on the Board of Education to fire their superintendent. This comes after allegations that the school leader is bullying teachers. Our Erin Vannella has more on the controversy.

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St. Johns superintendent Joyner gets top job rating

St. Johns County School Superintendent Joseph Joyner has once again received top ratings from school board members for his job performance, which looked at his performance in 37 categories.

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Lebanese firm to take over Lansing (Mich.) charter school

An international school management firm will take over the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy this fall and plans to open a second school in Lansing next year.

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Silicon Valley charter nonprofit eyes secondary school

A Silicon Valley-based charter school nonprofit has submitted a petition to run a secondary school within the West Contra Costa school district. Summit Public Schools, which will run six schools in San Jose, Redwood City, Daly City and Sunnyvale this fall, specializes in preparing "traditionally underserved," primarily minority students, to attend college.

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Money flows to Calif. schools, but little goes to summer programs

Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait.

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