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Education advocates protest funding cuts in Harrisburg

About 150 teachers, parents and students boarded three buses in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning headed to Harrisburg as part of a rally of more than 800 at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts to education.

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New legislation will put extra pressure on local Conn. school districts

The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.

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N.Y. moves to require audits of preschool special-education contractors

The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved a bill last week that would require audits of every special-education prekindergarten contractor by 2018.

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Future 'failing-schools' lists could exclude improving schools, Ala. board member says

State school board member Mary Scott Hunter said today she regrets that the state's new list of so-called "failing schools" identified under the Alabama Accountability Act includes those that have made significant improvement in recent years.

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Ariz. district asks for public input on curriculum after controversial cancellation of previous program

The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.

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After years of cuts, states investing in early education again

State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color.

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U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world's most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe.

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Editorial: Art and education

Tighter school budgets and stingier state aid have forced many schools to cut funding for art and music programs — and, for that matter, sports, electives and foreign language programs. Class sizes are bigger, and payrolls are smaller.

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Soft sciences matter as much as ever

A report released last week bears out what many educators have been predicting: Amid rising college tuition, increased global economic competition and a job market that disproportionately rewards graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, students are seeking degrees in what they and, indeed, many in our nation view as lucrative business and hard-science disciplines.

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Supporters thrilled as Johnston (Iowa) School voters approve $41 million referendum

The measure requires approval by 60 percent of voters in order to pass; the measure received 66 percent approval to 34 percent no votes. According to unofficial vote totals from the Polk County Election Office, the measure received 3,599 yes votes to 1,852 votes against.

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