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Teacher collaboration, communities improve students' math scores

Many elementary students' math performance improves when their teachers collaborate, work in professional learning communities or do both, yet most students don't spend all of their elementary school years in these settings, a new study by UNC Charlotte researchers shows.

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Oakland (Calif.) charter school seeks court order to stay open

An Oakland charter school that has high-achieving students but allegedly engaged in financial improprieties has gone to court to try to keep its doors open. The Oakland school board voted by a narrow 4-3 margin on March 20 to revoke the charter for the American Indian Model Schools, alleging that the school hasn't done enough to rectify financial irregularities that were found in a state audit last year.

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Birmingham, Ala. launches first International Baccalaureate primary school

Birmingham's Cornerstone School announced Thursday that it has become the first elementary school in Birmingham to gain status as an International Baccalaureate World School primary school.

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Chicago principals to control their own spending

Chicago Public Schools released budgets for individual schools to principals Wednesday and revealed a few more details on how it plans to close a budget gap of nearly $1 billion next year.
Principals for the first time will control the entire budget for their schools.

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The remarkable turnaround of Massachusetts' Orchard Gardens School

What happens if you trade security guards for easels and music stands? Can a focus on arts education transform a school? For one school in Roxbury, Mass., the answer is, yes.

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Concurrent high school-college program makes sense

Community colleges say their incoming students often aren't ready to take the courses that could prepare them for good jobs in technical fields. Meanwhile, many students can't see themselves heading to a four-year college after high school, and high schools know their diplomas are no longer enough to get graduates good jobs. Maybe if students, high schools, community colleges and technology companies worked together, they could get what they need.

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Don’t let new school junk food rules get derailed

Imagine this: You are a 15 year-old standing in front of a school vending machine, getting ready to satisfy the snack craving you've had since first period. But lo and behold, instead of cookies and chips, every one of the slots behind the glass contains the same healthy stuff your mom and dad fill the cabinets with at home. That vision could soon be a nationwide reality, thanks to updated nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Obama pushes jobs, education during visit to N.C. middle school

As part of his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, President Obama traveled to Mooresville, N.C., yesterday. He highlighted Mooresville Middle School's focus on technology and digital learning. Young voters cited the economy and education as top concerns.

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Record number of Michigan districts operating under budget deficit

Fifty-five Michigan districts, the largest number of deficit-ridden schools the state has seen, are spending more money than they’re taking in and are subject to state review.

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Get ready for NextGen science

Recognizing that American K12 students have fallen behind foreign students in their grasp of scientific principles, educators have devised a new set of teaching guidelines that will radically change the way science is taught in classrooms across the United States.