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Judge throws out $15 million verdict against Newark schools

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a $15 million verdict against the New Jersey school district in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former city teacher with multiple sclerosis.

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Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

For months last spring, bus drivers complained about low wages, dilapidated buses and unpaid hours spent stranded on the roadside or waiting for inspections. Subject to a school board vote, they will all get pay raises in addition to extra training in CHAMPS, a system the schools use to manage student behavior.

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A bipartisan bill cans classroom child abusers

A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Charter schools’ function as labs of innovation has left something to be desired

The hiatus on new charter schools in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity for a more substantive debate on the issue of innovation in the charters and beyond. The state should pause and look at why charters haven’t provided the research and development, the innovation function, that was a critical part of the excitement at their birth in the mid-1990s.

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Immigrant children in N.Y. district headed to transition school

The Hempstead district plans to place Hispanic children who are recent immigrants to the U.S. in a "transition school." The HYPE Academy (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) overflow school is an attempt to meet the district's obligation to educate all children while dealing with over 700 new students this year, overcrowding, lack of teachers and unfinished schedules.

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Charter controversy touches on national education issues

What's added fuel to the fire is a recent report produced by Stanford and two other universities that found philanthropic money is moving away from traditional public schools and toward private efforts, mostly charter schools.

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Local N.J. Neighborhood Development Corp. pilots program for suspended district students

To make suspensions something more than quality couch-time and to support some of the Montclair School District's at-risk students, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. is piloting a new program that will provide tutoring and counseling to students suspended from Montclair High School.

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As 'Go Public' campaign grows, some school districts have eye on charters

Members of the Go Public steering committee pointed to a survey last month in which 40 percent of respondents said they had a strong positive impression of local public schools, up from 27 percent a year earlier.

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Pa. schools see positive changes from behavior program

In the last six years, Bancroft Principal Ann Grebeck has seen a 75 percent drop in the number of students referred to her office for behavior problems.

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Attendance data from Columbus City Schools can’t be fixed

A hearing last week to fire a principal revealed a startling consequence of the Columbus City Schools data-scrubbing scandal: Years’ worth of school-attendance rates are lies and can’t be made right.

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