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Education official argues against Maryland school assessment cancellation

Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for -- and skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars, the state's chief academic officer says.

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Lawsuit targets Rocketship charter schools in San Jose-area

In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts have filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the approval of 20 Rocketship schools and prevent the county school board from granting similar requests.

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Chicago Public Schools switching test for elite schools

Getting into Chicago's most competitive public high schools is a gut-wrenching, high-stakes process. This year, some parents say the district has added an extra degree of anxiety by changing the assessment test students will be taking to determine their eligibility for highly competitive, selective-enrollment schools.

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Kentucky considers standardizing evaluation of teachers and principals

The vision for the state's Professional Growth and Effectiveness System calls for evaluation through observation by peers and supervisors, students' performance, and evaluations by students themselves.

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The student-led backlash against New Orleans's charter schools

Charter schools in New Orleans have made measurable academic gains in the years since Hurricane Katrina. But many of the charter schools that have made these improvements rely on rigid discipline policies that can sometimes feel at odds with the city’s culture.

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Study: Single-sex education offers no benefits

Single-sex schools do not provide any social or educational benefits over coeducational programs within the public school system, according to a study. The findings dispel assertions from proponents of same-sex schools that boys and girls learn differently and must therefore be separated to reach their full potential.

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Portland Public Schools teachers vote to authorize a strike

Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon's largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20. Union president says she hopes parents will honor picket lines and not send their children to school if a strike occurs.

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36 percent drop in school suspensions at Chicago Public Schools

A new code of conduct encourages school staffers to develop alternative strategies and options for dealing with disciplinary issues, including conflict resolution techniques, anger coping therapy and intervention programs. The code seems to be paying off, as the latest results show a 36 percent drop in school suspensions.

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School's out for thousands; Oregon teachers strike

More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday—and likely will remain so through Monday—after teachers in southern Oregon's largest district went on strike. The walkout Thursday in the Medford School District occurred after all-night bargaining yielded no results. No new talks are scheduled until Saturday, and the district has canceled classes through Monday.

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Problematic letter grades are no good for schools. But for students?

Wisconsin public school officials spoke out last week against provisions in a new Republican bill that would grade schools on an A-F scale.

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