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Funding Education in Washington State Requires More Taxes

Everyone in Olympia is talking about how important education is these days. With a mandate from the state Supreme Court, the McCleary v. State ruling puts policymakers on the hook to find a way to fully fund basic education by 2018.

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Condition of Trenton (N.J.) High School Shocks Other School Districts

Parents, staff and students from school districts across the state — Trenton, Camden, Irvington, Gloucester City — shared horror stories of broken windows, collapsing roofs and choking mold in dilapidated schools at a meeting yesterday of the state Schools Development Authority.

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Some Object to Massachusetts School's Gay Biblical Play

The head of a western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it’s offensive to Christians.

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U.S. Probes Racial Disparities in Seattle School Discipline

The Education Department is investigating whether Seattle's public school district discriminates against black students by subjecting them to tougher and more frequent discipline than white students, agency and district officials said.

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Reclaiming the Future for Students at Risk

To add to the busy schedules of high school principals and assistant superintendents, they go door-to-door to speak with students—and their parents—in the Clark County (Nev.) School District. These students have dropped out of high school, and administrators are encouraging them to return and pursue a diploma.

Alabama Judge Blocks Governor from Signing School Choice Bill

An Alabama judge has blocked the signing of a hotly contested education bill that has divided the state legislature. Democrats are heralding the decision as a victory but state GOP leaders say the bill was passed fair and square and say the judicial branch needs to butt out of the legislative process.

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Officer Suspended After Gun Discharged in School

A police officer has been suspended without pay as officials investigate an incident at a high school here in which his gun fired. Sean McCutcheon, an officer in the Lloyd, N.Y., police department and a school resource officer for Highland Central School District, accidentally discharged his gun at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday in the hallway of Highland High School here, the school district and police said.

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Reform-Minded Superintendent Leaving Las Vegas

Clark County Schools Superintendent Dwight Jones announced Tuesday evening that he is stepping down from the nation's fifth-largest school district. Jones, who was hired in October 2010, said he is leaving to take care of his ailing mother.

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California District Looking for New Superintendent -- Again

After two misses -- the first when the school board rejected the finalists, and the second, when the top contender withdrew after blistering public criticism over his perceived homophobia and top-down management style -- the community is looking for a superintendent that's a good fit for the diverse and demanding Berkeley, Calif. community. School trustees have picked Cedar Rapids, Iowa firm Ray & Associates to recruit and scrutinize candidates.

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Anchorage Superintendent Interviews for Iowa Job

Anchorage school Superintendent Jim Browder is due to meet the public and interview for the superintendent's job in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. School Board members in Anchorage said they learned on Friday that Browder had applied for the Iowa position and is one of three finalists. The deadline for candidates to apply for the Iowa job was Feb. 11.

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