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‘Race to the Top’ for education a flop, report finds

The Obama administration’s signature $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, designed to spur far-reaching education reforms across the country and raise student achievement, is largely a failure, an analysis concludes.

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Report: 1 in 200 students busted in school

Arrests in Connecticut schools dropped 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2011, but hundreds of the arrests made in 2011 were for minor policy violations such as throwing erasers, shouting, or leaving class without permission, a new report says.

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One year in job, Jersey City schools superintendent's central office restructuring wins praise

One year after being hired to run the state’s second largest public school district, Jersey City Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles is reshaping the district’s central administration, most recently with the hiring of a chief academic officer.

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Wilkes-Barre area hires Prevuznak as superintendent

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board once again appointed Bernard Prevuznak as the permanent superintendent of the Pennsylvania district. The vote at Tuesday's meeting was 6-3, with Prevuznak signing a three-year contract. His one-year contract as acting superintendent expires this coming Sunday.

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Newport. R.I. hires new superintendent

Colleen Jermain, a graduate of Rogers High School and a current Middletown resident, will be leave her position as chief of staff performance and technology integration for Providence Schools to take the take the helm of the Newport District.

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Universal preschool? How about universal parenting school?

For as much anxiety as Americans have about whether our schools are letting children down, why don't we spend as much time and effort fretting about whether parents are letting their children down as well? We think nothing of grading schools, grading teachers, and grading our kids at every turn to make sure that they're getting what they need, but parents are rarely so scrutinized.

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School bus safety is a joint effort

By requiring all school transportation vehicles to pass through a meticulous inspection process and drivers to meet specific, mandated state and federal standards, the MVC takes every step necessary to ensure that all of New Jersey’s 24,000 student transportation vehicles make the grade all year long. But the MVC cannot do it alone. The MVC, New Jersey school districts, and school bus companies must be strong partners to fully ensure student safety.

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Faced with erratic test scores, Portland schools deny cheating

Of the Portland public schools that had marked changes in their test scores this year, Northeast Portland's King School, a K8 institution, had the biggest change of all. The school has seen dramatic growth and decline in test scores for the past several years.

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Mensa kids can face difficulty finding right school

Victoria, Elizabeth, and Kate Wilson share more than just their DNA. The 9-year-old triplets have also all qualified to join Mensa, the exclusive high IQ society, after scoring within the top 2 percent on a designated IQ test. As they approach their next birthday, their parents are considering how to get them into the right education program.

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U.S. states still holding back on school spending

Public schools around the United States are still waiting to feel the recovery from an economic recession that officially ended four years ago, mostly because states have kept education spending low and property taxes remain depressed, according to a report released on Thursday.

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