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Thirty-four Apply to Be Next Georgia School Superintendent

The Newton County (Ga.) Board of Education is considering 34 applicants for its next superintendent of schools. Jim Puckett, board development specialist with the Georgia School Boards Association, reported to the school board Tuesday that 34 applications were submitted for the open position of superintendent of Newton County Schools in February and early March.

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Madison, Conn. School Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent

The Madison school board appointed an Avon principal Tuesday to become the district's next assistant superintendent, Madison Patch reports. Pine Grove School Principal Gail Dahling-Hench is leaving the Avon post she's served for six years to replace current Madison Assistant Superintendent Anita Rutlin, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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New Brunswick (N.J.) Redshaw School Finally Breaks Ground

After seven years of being crammed into trailers without a playground, students of A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School (New Brunswick, N.J.) were filled with glee that ground finally was broken on the reconstruction of their school. All said they anxiously await their first-ever school playground.

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Allentown School Board to Vote on Teacher Cuts

The Allentown School Board was considering a resolution last night that called for slashing 38.5 high school teachers, 21 elementary school related arts teachers and 19 middle school related arts teachers, among other teacher cuts.

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N.Y. Budget Would Pay for Longer School Day, Year

Business leaders are giving poor reviews to a tentative N.Y. state budget that officials in Albany say is focused on economic growth. The National Federation of Independent Business calls the budget deal a "regressive message to small business owners." It opposes the minimum-wage increase in the budget.

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Texas Lawmaker Tearfully Vows School Choice Fight

The head of the Senate Education Committee broke into tears Thursday as he promised to fight for dramatically expanded "school choice" in Texas. But Sen. Dan Patrick also announced he was softening his high-profile bill to allow an unlimited number of charter schools to operate statewide, instead taking a more gradual, tiered approach to their expansion.

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Incubator School in L.A. Sparks Discord

Sujata Bhatt uses online games to encourage her students at Grand View Boulevard Elementary School to aim higher: "Don't just play games, make them." Now Bhatt will get the chance to teach middle school students how to launch their own businesses at a new campus approved this week by the Los Angeles school board.

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Wake School Board to Push for a 'Reasonable' School Bond Figure

The Wake County school system has $2.2 billion in school construction needs, but school board members and county commissioners said Thursday they won’t ask the public to approve a school bond referendum of that size.

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Americans Argue About the Need for Early Schooling

The first year of school in America, known as kindergarten, usually begins between the ages of five and six. Among rich countries such a late start is something of an anomaly. Barack Obama believes it is an economic and social problem; his education secretary goes as far as to say that it is “morally indefensible”.

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School Closings: How Administrations Decide

Many parents and teachers in the nation's cities are disappointed by a long list of school closings. But when enrollment is low and costs are high, administrators face tough decisions. Host Michel Martin speaks to the Chancellor of Washington D.C.'s public schools, Kaya Henderson, about how school systems weigh these difficult choices.

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