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Legislature may ditch takeover proposal for Columbus schools

As hearings start this week on a Columbus school-district reform bill, an earlier proposal allowing for a state takeover of the state’s largest district is likely to vanish.

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Michigan Department of Education considering Buena Vista schools for emergency financial review

Although school is back in session at Buena Vista schools, a state takeover is still on the table for the Saginaw County district.

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Baltimore school system passes $1.2B budget

The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.

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North Carolina voucher bill provides public money for private schools

Lawmakers are pushing what they call the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that would give parents up to $4,200 in vouchers to send their children to private schools.

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Fewer than 5 Chicago schools expected to be spared

Pressured for months by teachers, community leaders and aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board is nonetheless expected on Wednesday to approve closing all but a few of the 53 elementary schools the administration wants to shut down.

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NCLB waivers granted to Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia by Education Department

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement plans.

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Get ready for NextGen Science

Recognizing that American K12 students have fallen behind foreign students in their grasp of scientific principles, educators have devised a new set of teaching guidelines that will radically change the way science is taught in classrooms across the United States—including recommendations that climate change and evolution be taught as core elements of scientific knowledge.

Chaos reigns at Oklahoma schools struck by tornado

Seven school children were among the dead in the Oklahoma City area after a mile-wide tornado with up to 200 mph winds destroyed blocks of homes, businesses and two elementary schools.

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Minority teachers: Connecticut’s missing link to closing the achievement gap

In Connecticut, where Gov. Dannel Malloy has taken a leadership role in transforming urban education, diversity is the missing ingredient that has likely resulted in the tepid result unveiled at Hartford Public School’s 2013 State of the Schools symposium at the Bushnell Theater earlier this month.

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AP courses vs. dual credit: What's best for high school students?

Despite efforts by Missouri’s education department and area districts to increase enrollment in AP courses, the state’s public school students still rank among the bottom in the nation for both participation and pass rates, even though both are up in recent years.

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