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The French Plan to Eliminate Homework Will Not Increase Educational Opportunity for a Single Student

In case you missed it, French President Francois Hollande has proposed eliminating homework in elementary and junior high schools in the name of social justice and equity. The Socialist Party president believes that homework “penalizes children with difficult home situations.” According to President Hollande, “students aren’t on a level playing field when it comes to homework, since some are able to get help from their parents, while other cannot.”

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Sex Education about Reality, Not Ideology

A Montana bill that requires parental permission before a child participates in sex education in school is a bad idea and lawmakers should shelve it. Let’s be clear: This is not about ideology; it’s about reality.

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Los Angeles Teachers Union Wins Right to Represent Charter School

The Los Angeles teachers union announced Wednesday night that it has won the right to negotiate a contract for teachers and counselors at a West San Fernando Valley charter school.

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South Carolina District Selects Three Finalists for Superintendent Position

The Beaufort County Board of Education has selected three finalists in its search for a new superintendent: Gloria J. Davis is currently the superintendent of the 9,100-student Decatur Public Schools in Decatur, Ill. Kathryn LeRoy is the director of high school programs for the 125,000-student Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla. Jeffrey Moss is the superintendent of the 9,850-student Lee County Schools in Sanford, N.C.

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Kriner Cash Finalist for Superintendent Position in Massachusetts

Kriner Cash is a finalist for the superintendent’s job in New Bedford, Mass., about an hour south of Boston. The school system has a budget of $106 million and 13,000 students, about an eighth of the size of Memphis City Schools, where Cash is presently employed.

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Iowa Senate Passes 4 Percent School Funding Increase for Fiscal 2015

Majority Democrats in the Iowa Senate voted Thursday to approve a 4 percent increase in state aid for K12 public school districts for the fiscal 2015 budget year.

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Montana District Seeks Bond to Replace 42-Year-Old Roof

Polson (Mont.) Superintendent Linda Reksten says the 42-year-old roof at Polson High School has to be fixed. “There is no other option,” Reksten says, but it will be up to School District 23 voters whether they’ll pay for it. No one else is going to. Ballots seeking a yea-or-nay vote on a nearly $2.5 million debt service bond were mailed out Feb. 5.

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Questions Surround Maine Principal’s Surprise Resignation

Parents and school staff said they were shocked by the resignation submitted Feb. 8 by high school Principal James Holland. Holland was hired before the 2011 school year, and expressed excitement at the time about leading the school while it was being renovated and expanded. He did not return phone calls this week seeking comment about his decision to resign June 30.

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Tebow Home School Sports Bill Sacked in Virginia Senate

Legislation to let home schooled students join public school sports teams was defeated today in the Senate Education and Health Committee, where similar bills have failed in previous years.

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