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Vermont education tax rate rising, despite less students

Lawmakers are expected to increase the base education tax rate by 7 cents, from 94 cents to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed property value. While the total number of pupils in Vermont continues to decline, statewide education spending is projected to increase by 3.8 percent, or about $46.5 million, in the 2015 fiscal year.

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De Blasio takes swipe at Bloomberg over education

During a speech to 1,000 public-school principals, N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio took a string of swipes at his predecessor’s education policies while vowing to deliver on his promise for significant change to the school system. The mayor depicted the Bloomberg administration as one that imposed a corporate model on public schools, didn’t listen to parents or educators and that made many educational blunders.

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S. Illinois school district to get weather shelter

A southern Illinois school district will use a $1.2 million grant to pay part of the cost of building a severe weather shelter in an elementary school.

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Teaneck (N.J.) school district prepares in case of strike or other emergency

The adjustment would give Superintendent Barbara Pinsak the ability to implement changes without first gaining board approval, according to school board president Ardie Walser.

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Some North Carolina high schools delaying report cards or individual grades

The state Department of Public Instruction hasn’t finished translating into suggested letter grades the scores of more than 25 state Final Exams taken by high school students during the past month.

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New York state education chief clashes with Gov. Cuomo over pre-K costs

New York City Mayor de Blasio and backers of his tax-the-wealthy plan for pre-K quickly seized on King’s remarks, made during a legislative budget hearing.

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Colorado Education Association lawsuit seeks to undo reforms

While nothing has been filed in court, the lawsuit likely will be on behalf of teachers from Denver Public Schools who lost their jobs after the district introduced a pilot program based on Senate Bill 10-191, also known as SB191.

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Children trapped in schools and on buses in rare Atlanta snow storm

Sixteen hours after leaving school in a bus, some Atlanta-area students were still making their way home. Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said “several hundred students at nine schools are sheltered in place.”

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Obama reaffirms old education promises in State of the Union address

Much like his 2013 address, Obama called on state and federal legislators to invest in early childhood education, as a way to build up the economy and the nation's academic standing.

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In Virginia, education isn’t always liberal

ewer than half the institutions in America provide a robust defense of free expression. Virginia’s record is likewise mixed.

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