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State delays vote on capping special ed student class limit

Facing an “unprecedented” public reaction, the Illinois State Board of Education put off a vote Thursday repealing state rules that limit the number of special education students in classrooms.

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Parents as partners: making a difference in education

For decades, the Anoka Hennepin School District in Minnesota has been a strong proponent of parent involvement in all preK12 programming. The research in this area is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.

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Stewart’s promotion is a marked contrast to Bennett’s hiring

Pam Stewart is used to coming off the bench in a pinch for the Florida Department of Education. Now she’s joined the starting line-up. We don’t know whether to offer her congratulations or condolences.

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N.C. gov. still pushing his education innovation fund

Earlier this summer, McCrory announced his intention to use $30 million of Race to the Top money for an Education Innovation Fund that would reward 1,000 top teachers with $10,000 stipends. The proposal was met with criticism by State Board of Education members at a meeting shortly after his announcement.

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South Carolina group wants to stop Common Core

Some Horry County residents who want to repeal the state’s adoption of new standards for South Carolina schools have organized a group to educate people about the Common Core initiative and stop the changes that already have begun.

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TransformSC breaking the mold in education and in politics

Supporters say the reason to get excited about TransformSC is the grassroots support it has generated since it was launched in May as a way to transform South Carolina by transforming the way children are taught.

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Education is not a for-profit business, so don't treat it like one

Government should be run like a business. That mantra spills from the mouths of Republicans and Democrats a lot these days. And it's often used about education, as a way to justify spending cuts. If bloated school districts would just manage their money better, they wouldn't even feel the effects of budget cuts, so the thinking goes.

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Flex program lets students pick when they go to school

A new flex program at East Valley Academy allows students to select the days and hours that they attend school, including Saturdays and evening hours. Students must attend a minimum of 20 hours a week, but there is no limit to the amount of time they can spend taking classes.

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Payne bill would require school emergency preparedness plans

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th District) introduced a bill that would require states seeking federal Homeland Security grants to mandate school emergency preparedness plans that meet federal guidelines.

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Baltimore school for autism seen as new era of learning, cooperation

West of Baltimore, in Ellicott City, a new school for autistic children has opened its doors. The $7 million facility expands the capabilities of what the center can offer special-needs children.

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