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Boston Adopts Closer-to-Home School Assignment Plan

The Boston School Committee, in a momentous vote Wednesday, scrapped a school assignment plan developed under court-ordered desegregation almost a quarter-century ago and embraced a new system that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.

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LA Charter School May Toss Out Students with Fake Addresses

Carpenter is believed to be among the first L.A. Unified schools to launch such a wide-scale crackdown on out-of-district citizens. Across Los Angeles, families scramble to secure housing within the boundaries of high-performing schools. And it is no secret that some game the system by using the addresses of relatives who live near sought-after campuses or doctoring documents like utility bills and rental agreements.

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inBloom Puts Sensitive Student Information at Risk

Thousands of New York parents have emailed state and city education officials in recent weeks protesting this plan to share student data with private companies — yet no parent has gotten any response. The most sensitive confidential data is being shared, including children’s names, emails, phone numbers, and photos, which will be stored along with grades, test scores, health conditions, disabilities and detailed disciplinary records.

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Bronx Parents to Education Dept.: Don’t Fail Kids at PS 64

Now that P.S. 64 Pura Belpre school in Mount Eden is set to phase out in three years, parents are concerned that children in the school are condemned. The kindergarten through fifth grade school is beset with feckless teachers, bullying, large classes and a lack of textbooks and homework, parents charged.

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America’s Schools Are Getting Their Biggest Overhaul in Living Memory

“This business," says John Demby, the principal of Delaware's Sussex Tech high school, “has changed dramatically in a very short period.” Like all principals in the state, he is evaluating teachers under a new system for the first time, adopting the Common Core, launching a college credit curriculum for high schoolers, and overhauling vocational training to better serve local businesses and students.

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Open Education: Take Back the Curriculum

Education technology consultant Karen Fasimpaur sounds like a revolutionary when she gets fired up talking about the potential of open educational resources, the textbooks and other educational tools made available as free downloads or interactive Web experiences.

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McGraw-Hill Education’s $1 Billion Offering May Price Today

McGraw-Hill Education, the digital learning company acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC, may price its $1 billion offering of eight-year, senior secured notes as soon as Friday. The sale, which was initially marketed at $1.05 billion, may yield between 9.75 percent and 10 percent, according to a person with knowledge of the offering.

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill Allowing School Choice

Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against it was premature.

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