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Illinois District 86 to Withdraw from Special Education Agency

Following in the footsteps of Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is moving closer to cutting its ties with the La Grange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) cooperative — a move that means it would educate special needs students on its own.

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Boston Mayor Urges Delay in Key School-Assignment Vote

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is asking a special panel he appointed to overhaul the way students are assigned to schools to delay a key vote set for Saturday.

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Washington High School Construction Costs Increased by $138,000

The Issaquah (Wash.) School Board approved an increase of $138,328 to Liberty High School’s construction bill Jan. 9. Most of the 13 items that accounted for the increase range between $1,000 and $6,000, including $4,668 to restore power to the parking lot lighting, $3,599 to reconnect cold water in the boiler room and $2,031 to demolish greenhouses that were not originally shown on the drawings.

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Maine District Awarded Another $2.7M Quality School Construction Bond

School officials learned nearly a decade ago that there was little chance the state would pay to replace Brewer High School, which was built in 1958, so they turned to a zero interest federal bond and last year and was awarded one for more than $5 million.

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Construction to Begin Soon on Kansas Middle School

Wichita, Kan.-based Architecture firm Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey is finalizing construction documents so work can begin on a new middle school in Derby (Kan.).

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Va. Assembly OKs Special District for Failing Schools

Both houses of the General Assembly this afternoon passed bills to create a special school district designed to take over and fix failing schools.

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Proposal Boosts N.H. Aid to Charter Schools

Charter school supporters urged New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday to increase state aid to these nontraditional schools.

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Turnaround Leader Ross Leaves Detroit Schools

Doug Ross, hired by Detroit Public Schools to lead its school turnaround program, has left the district after 18 months.

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Feds Propose Ban on Chips, Candy from Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal, congruent with first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to combat childhood obesity, that will essentially ban unhealthy foods from schools nationwide.

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More State Laws for Elementary Schools to Hold Back Struggling Readers

More states aren't promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade.

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