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Minnesota charter school monitors to face more scrutiny from education department

The evaluations are part of a new charter school law the state has been rolling out since 2010. As part of its overall push for stronger oversight of charters, the law also requires the state to monitor its monitors more closely.

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Texas education needs more than a Band-Aid

When the Texas Legislature cut $5.4 billion from school coffers in 2011, school districts and other interested parties filed suit claiming that, as a result of the cuts, the state is failing to live up to its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate public education to all students.

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We must create educational equality

Diversity allows children to learn from each other and see firsthand that it is possible to compete with all students in the class. Diverse schools also provide social opportunities for acceptance that include clubs, school government and sports.

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Maine schools with higher percentage of poor students typically have lower academic performance

Lead author David Silvernail of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine presented the findings to the Legislature’s Education Committee on Thursday.

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Scottsdale (Ariz.) to consider closing schools to save money

The governing board held a study session Thursday in which the members learned that, with the rejection of the district’s budget override in November as well as other increased costs, they may have to cut $6 million from the 2014-15 budget.

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California budget surges to record high with education increases

A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California’s general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state’s days as the nation’s poster child of fiscal dysfunction.

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Number of failing Texas schools nearly doubles

Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

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Oregon must rediscover the pursuit of educational excellence

The year 2014 can be an opportunity for school leaders, watchdogs and advocates to focus on something new: building a culture of student success.

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How the Common Core became education's biggest bogeyman

The pointed phrasing fed into parents' bubbling anxiety about the Core, more fully known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an education push that aims to make sure students across the United States are learning the skills they need to succeed in a global economy.

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Carroll schools superintendent requests increased county funding

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie has proposed an operating budget for the Maryland district calling for a 2 percent increase, $4.8 million, in county funding for fiscal year 2015. Guthrie presented his budget proposal, which he says is designed to keep the school system "afloat and address the needs we have," to the Board of Education earlier this week.

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