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Seattle redraws school maps to ease overcrowding

The proposal is the first substantial revision of attendance boundaries since 2010, when the district started using a neighborhood-based system that guaranteed students a seat in a school close to home.

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Revive idea to help fund education

Washington comes in less than 1 percent, just $35 per pupil, below the 2008 mark, comparing relatively favorably. Tweak the inflation measure and we could climb into positive territory. Thirty-two states do worse. And our Legislature made substantial progress in the last session.

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Hands off our science curriculum

In the form of HB 4972, certain legislators want to ban Michigan from adopting new science standards because they include mandates on teaching evolution and global warming. So not only does our Republican-led legislature want to defund public education, it now also wants to force its religious and anti-science beliefs into the classroom.

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After uncertainty, construction begins at new Sierra Madre Middle School (Calif.)

The $27.8 million construction project began this summer after a series of delays over the past three years. The work is expected to last about 20 months.

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Rooftop playing field among features of $54.6M Hartford school project

In a first for Hartford public schools, that remedy means placing artificial turf atop a three-story school addition that will be constructed in the next two years. A 12-foot-high fence will surround the field, which will not be visible from Asylum Avenue, Salafia said.

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Did this little election strike a big blow to education reform?

Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.

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A showdown on Common Core testing in California

When it comes to education policy, California and the Obama administration have gotten along about as well as the Clantons and the Earp brothers. They've clashed over teacher evaluations, Race to the Top grants, you name it. Now, the switch to the new Common Core curriculum could prove to be their O.K. Corral.

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Building schools designed to succeed

Kids across America have just headed back to school. Unfortunately, many of them may be greeted by worn-out desks and broken chairs. More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs.

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Teaching Tolerance magazine examines how to end bullying behavior

The issue also examines how after the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, an unlikely partnership has formed between one of the victims' sons and a former skinhead. "The Sikh and the Skinhead" examines how the two joined forces to educate students and fight hate in the classroom.

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Young adults with Autism Hollywood bound

Monday marked yet another milestone for Exceptional Minds’ first graduating class of 2014, a small group of young, twenty-something adults with autism who are beating the odds.

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