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Georgia schools at breaking point after years of cuts

Georgia’s 180 public school districts have not only managed to keep on going as state legislators and governors cut billions of dollars in public school funding since 2002, they’ve actually managed to raise student achievement scores. But many school systems are at a breaking point, say a growing chorus of administrators and parents.

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Officials in Boston seeking black teachers

A decline in the number of black teachers in Boston public schools has put the city in violation of a federal court order, prompting officials to step up efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

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When schools stay open on Martin Luther King Day

In some states, districts have abandoned plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead hold classes to make up for time lost during the recent record-setting spate of winter storms.

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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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