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N.J. education commissioner to give 'Education State of the State' address

Hundreds of school superintendents and other district administrators; plus state education officials, and others involved in educating the state's 1.4 million public school students, are expected to attend the event at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson.

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Columbus schools hire old bus company to provide drivers

The Columbus Board of Education agreed yesterday to pay First Group America up to $134,250 for substitute bus drivers, if needed, until Oct. 31. It’s likely that the district will need those substitutes, Simmons said.

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Security survey underway at Westport (Conn.) schools

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

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Public opinion of Philadelphia Schools at 5-year low, survey finds

Forty-eight percent of respondents in the new survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts said they believed the state of the financially beleaguered Philadelphia schools system would force families to look for other educational options, such as private schools, religious schools, or charters.

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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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