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7 Employees on Leave After Inquiry into Grade Changing at Montgomery (Ala.) Public Schools

Investigations into grade changing allegations within Montgomery Public Schools has led to seven employees being placed on administrative leave for allegedly pressuring teachers to make improper changes before ultimately making the changes themselves, according to MPS superintendent Barbara Thompson.

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La. District Receives $300,000 Grant for Literacy Programs

The Rapides Parish School District will put a $300,000 state grant to work to improve literacy in six middle schools this year.

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13th Grade: How Florida Schools Are Failing To Prepare Graduates For College

Florida’s K-12 public education system has graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.

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Wis. Schools Turn Away From Gimmicks to Motivate Students for Test Season

Sophomores at Wausau West High School are about two-thirds the way through taking state standardized tests, and they have no questions about how critical it is that they do well.

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Kentucky High School Suspends Aviation Program

An aviation maintenance program at a high school in Louisville has been temporarily suspended after a Federal Aviation Administration inspection found record-keeping problems.

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Wisconsin’s New School Accountability System

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a new School Report Card for each public school which uses multiple measures of student learning.

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Oklahoma Board of Ed Releases School Grades

More than 90 percent of schools across the state of Oklahoma received a grade of C or higher, with nearly 50 percent receiving a B.

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Penn. Charter School Fight Draws Strong Words from Officials

The battle over the status of New Hope Academy Charter School drew harsh words from some elected officials Thursday, including York Mayor Kim Bracey, who accused the district of "fiddling while Rome is burning."

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"Won't Back Down" Highlights Democratic Split Over Education Reform

The most controversial thing to happen at the Democratic National Convention this week may end up being a movie screening. On Monday afternoon, a Hollywood film called "Won't Back Down" -- which opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 28 -- will be shown to a select crowd of convention-goers in Charlotte, N.C., just as it was one week prior at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Testing Isn’t the Problem

A robust curriculum and high-quality teaching is the answer.

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