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New excavations begin at Fla. reform school

A search for unmarked graves in September yielded two bodies. A second dig with heavy machinery is now searching for 50 possible burial sites.

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Danbury, Conn. officials asked to adjust school redistricting plan

The Board of Education in Danbury, Conn. has asked school officials to amend a redistricting plan created to reduce student overcrowding. The changes would reduce school bus travel time for students who would be sent to different schools.

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Ousting of Thornton Township board president adds to district upset

Frustrated by years of tumult and alleged mismanagement, the teachers union president ticked off a series of complaints at a recent south suburban school district board meeting. Staff members at Thornton Township High School District 205, in Harvey, Ill., were being paid incorrectly, he said. Hiring had been delayed. Crucial school year planning hadn't started. And most absurdly, the board was deleting its policy against nepotism.

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More police planned at Nev. school after shooting

Students returning to classes at a Nevada middle school on Monday for the first time since a fatal schoolyard shooting a week ago will be greeted by extra police officers but few other changes, with one big exception: Michael Landsberry, the beloved math teacher and athletic coach they say combined the toughness of an ex-Marine with the compassion of a caring educator, won't be there.

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Florida education commissioner half right on Common Core cost

One of the many complaints about Florida's move toward new school standards has centered on how much it will cost. But at a recent public hearing on the standards, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said cost shouldn't be a major factor.

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N.Y. education commissioner says state is committed to Common Core

The state's top education leader took the stage in Rochester on Friday to field questions from a crowd of elected leaders representing the school system's main constituents—students, teachers, and parents.

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Mass. ranks 1st In U.S. in global education study

Massachusetts finished first among U.S. states in a study comparing the academic performance of American students with others around the globe. Nineteen percent of Massachusetts eighth-graders reached an advanced benchmark in mathematics on the 2011 tests while 24 percent reached an advanced level in science.

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New contract keeps KC Superintendent Steve Green for 5 more years

Contract comes as a reward to Green after the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools greatly improved its showing on this year’s state report card. It also is a sign of greater stability in leadership — an important factor as the district faces the possibility of a financially crippling wave of student transfers.

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Caddo Parish Public Schools picks Theodis Goree as superintendent

Goree currently serves as an area superintendent for Mansfield ISD in Texas. He will receive a $200,000 annual salary and a three year contract. He begins work Dec. 1.

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Central Indiana charter school to close Friday

A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after being unable to raise $250,000 by its Friday deadline. Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faced unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop, and poor fundraising results.

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