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Landlords for 2 proposed Chicago charter schools have ties to mayor

Two people with ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be among those to benefit from new, publicly financed charter schools up for approval this week by Chicago Public Schools officials.

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Maryland schools need $100 million in technology upgrades for new testing

Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Cash or credit? How kids pay for school lunch matters for health

Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.

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Houston ISD board votes to change four schools' mascots perceived as insensitive

Houston ISD officials have voted to ban several school mascots because some believe they're offensive. That decision will directly impact four different schools.

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In age of school shootings, lockdown is the new fire drill

For students across the country, lockdowns have become a fixture of the school day, the duck-and-cover drills for a generation growing up in the shadow of Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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Camden schools' turnaround man

"If you follow some of my critics on Twitter," Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard says, "you'd think I was the most loathed person in the city." Rouhanifard, appointed by Gov. Christie in August despite an arguably light (if lively) resumé, is the former New York City and Newark school system administrator. After less than five months on his current $210,000 job, he seems comfortable heading up the beleaguered public school system in one of America's poorest cities.

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Santa Cruz, Calif. superintendent announces retirement

Superintendent Gary Bloom will retire July 1 after five years leading Santa Cruz City Schools, the county's second-largest district. The decision comes as Bloom enters his 40th year in education and the final year of a five-year commitment he made after being hired as the district's top official in April 2009.

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Cleveland principals deciding how to spend their school's budgets

Erin Frew’s students at New Tech West High School in Cleveland aren’t reading well enough. So as the principal, she decided to increase class sizes this year to free up money for more reading help for her students. But over at Campus International elementary school, reading’s not an issue. Math is. So Campus International Principal Julie Beers made her own trade-off: She cut the school’s art teachers from two to one and used the money to hire a math teacher to zero in on kids’ specific math issues.

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Three Buffalo-area districts face significant fiscal stress

Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.

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Bill seeks high-school credits for church classes

Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.

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