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Dispute erupts over school reform in Newark, N.J.

More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark’s struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that’s threatening to derail wider reform efforts.

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Six months after Idaho Core Standards arrived, teachers say they need more materials, training

Officials say students seem to be more engaged in their learning because they get to do things and not just listen to a teacher talk, but teaching materials are scarce, and sufficient training in Idaho's approach hasn't reached many instructors.

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Camden superintendent: A 'dramatic lack of rigor' in district schools

Camden Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard offers three anecdotes to illustrate the kind of situation he walked into when he was appointed to the job six months ago.

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New reports reveal hidden success and struggles in N.C. schools

Ratings of teacher effectiveness and student growth have been used internally for years. Now parents can see for themselves how effective individual schools are at helping students advance.

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Court orders Kansas Legislature to spend more on schools

Kansas’s highest court ruled on Friday that funding disparities between school districts violated the state’s Constitution and ordered the Legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.

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Federal officials end stand off, green-light California testing plan

Ending a months long standoff between federal and state officials, the U.S. Department of Education has told California education officials they approve of the state’s plan to administer only portions of new standardized tests this year - and not reporting the results.

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Calif. attorney general, lawmakers seek action against truancy

Emphasizing that young students who frequently miss school are far more likely to fall behind and commit crimes later in life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and half a dozen lawmakers introduced an anti-truancy bill package.

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First electric school bus hits the road in California

The first-ever electric school bus, introduced in November, started picking up students in Central California’s Kings Canyon USD with three more to be added soon. The district received a $400,000 contribution to the pilot program from the California Air Resources Board as well as funding from a federal highway program.

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