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Charter school results set high bar for public schools

California's Academic Performance Index results prove that strong charter management organizations like KIPP get results -- and should be granted the necessary facilities and funds to serve more students.

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Supporters protest 'hostility' toward Nashville charter schools

Nashville charter school supporters called in reinforcements from Washington, D.C., Thursday to help protest the hostility they claim Metro officials show toward charters.

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Debate: Do we need the Common Core standards in public schools?

Are the Common Core standards really necessary? Or just another case of federal overreach?

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Teacher-training schools face tougher accreditation standards

Teacher preparation programs will have to raise admission standards and ensure graduates are boosting the achievement levels of elementary and high-school students to earn national accreditation, according to a revamp of the process adopted Thursday.

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California test scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier

Taking their first dip after years of steady gains, Academic Performance Index scores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties fell by a point this year, reflecting a statewide decline in scores released Thursday.

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Utah teachers dealing with crowded classrooms

Jodi Stewart-Browning, assistant principal of Utah's Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, said about one-fourth of the school's 1,320 students attend class in portables, including the school's entire fifth grade. "That's as many as we can house because of electricity and water and the drain on the building," she said. "Next year a new school will open and take some of our kids, but we'll still be 1,000-plus."

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Florida community wants school grading system changed

Legislators, business leaders, parents, and school officials on Wednesday urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to overhaul the state's school grading system, capping a three-day summit on the state's most pressing education issues.

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Massachusetts superintendent Mary-Elizabeth Beach to resign

Mary-Elizabeth Beach, superintendent of Ware Public Schools in Ware, Mass., stunned members of the Ware School Committee Wednesday night by announcing she will resign at the end of this school year.

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Texas district residents paying for police patrol through their water bill

Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., schools across the nation, including those in North Texas, have been ramping up their security. In the Savannah subdivision northwest of Frisco, Texas, people are paying an extra $2.50 in their monthly water bills to put one police officer at the Denton ISD school. The money collected covers a full-time salary.

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Success Academy 'zero tolerance' disciplinary policy comes under fire

Success Academy, the charter school chain that boasts sky-high student scores on annual state tests, has for years used a “zero tolerance” disciplinary policy to suspend, push out, discharge, or demote the very pupils who might lower those scores—children with special needs or behavior problems.

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