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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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Sen. Anderson endorses Hofmeister for Oklahoma school superintendent

Enid state Sen. Patrick Anderson is one of 20 Republican lawmakers to endorse Joy Hofmeister for state school superintendent. Hofmeister, who has not yet announced her candidacy, said the GOP lawmakers will form a steering committee to advise her as she prepares to launch a statewide campaign.

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Louisiana superintendent gets high marks from school board

The Lafourche School Board has rated Superintendent JoAnn Matthews as excellent in her semi-annual evaluation. According to board policy, members are required to review the superintendent’s performance in the fall and spring. Each board member completes an observation report with scores ranging from 1 to 5, and then the review committee averages and totals the scores.

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Knoxville, Tenn. board meeting tackles morale, funding issues

Another busy school board meeting was held in downtown Knoxville recently as teachers, parents and administrators tackled a number of issues that will shape the future of the school district. One topic that came up were the results of the district's recently released teacher surveys, which asked teachers about their feelings on the state of the Knox County School system.

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Los Angeles public library to offer high school diplomas

The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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