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Is it time for countywide districts in Michigan?

With a record number of school districts sinking into a deficit, and two possibly on their way to being dissolved, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging drastic action—such as converting Michigan’s nearly 550 districts, 56 intermediate districts, and nearly 280 charter schools into countywide school districts.

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Connnecticut charter school group gears up to lower suspension rate

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.

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Referendum sought on school debt limit in Arizona

Wesley Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said lawmakers are not living up to their constitutional obligation to provide adequate funds for construction of new schools and making repairs on existing ones. Rather than come up with the cash, Harris said legislators have decided to dump the obligation onto local taxpayers.

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North Bennington (Vt.) school goes independent

Residents of North Bennington, Vt. voted three times to close their public school and establish a new, independent academy, North Bennington Village School, in the old school building. That school is taking shape and plans to open in the fall.

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Cleveland school district plans staff changes, training

The Cleveland school district's improvement plan for 13 schools this upcoming school year will bring major changes for some and smaller, but substantial, ones for others. Teachers will receive special training at all 13 schools, some of which will get new principals and see significant staff changes.

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Some schools must scramble to feed low-income kids during summer

Some meal programs in Los Angeles have remained unfunded even as others are restored. It has meant forming partnerships with other entities to get area children fed.

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The high cost of another turbulent year for Oregon education

It has been a hectic and turbulent year of budget cuts, layoffs, and transfers for teachers and classified staff in many of Oregon's school districts, one that sounds more like corporate America downsizing rather than the state's public school system..

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Individualized goal setting key to Alabama's new education plan

The U.S. Department of Education approved Alabama's PLAN 2020 for assessing students' readiness for college, work, and adulthood, allowing the state to shift focus from narrowly defined measures of proficiency such as AYP to a focus on students' ability to succeed in their post-high school pursuits.

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Central NY superintendents' salaries, benefits up 16 percent

The salaries and benefits paid to 66 Central New York school superintendents rose 16 percent over five years ago, according to compensation figures the districts reported to the state. Combined, they will make more than $12.8 million in salary and benefits in the next school year.

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L.A. Christian school was to host students on flight

Thirty-five Chinese students aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, including two teen girls who died in the crash in San Francisco on Saturday, were headed for a summer program at a Christian school in Los Angeles.

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