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Delaware schools get $5M tech boost

Delaware lawmakers crafting the state’s budget approved nearly $5 million for education technology, answering calls from public school superintendents who argued last fall that schools are not keeping pace with testing demands and too few workers are available to service tech systems.

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Princeton's Valley Road School is worth saving

For 35 years, Preservation New Jersey has monitored the toll of time on historic buildings throughout the region, compiling annual lists of the most endangered. This year’s roundup includes the Valley Road School in Princeton, a graceful building echoing the architecture of Princeton University’s collegiate Gothic style. Nearing its 100th anniversary, the three-story facility on Witherspoon Street deftly illustrates parts of Princeton’s past.

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Approved Oregon district budget includes technology teacher cuts

Next year, Sherwood, Ore. students will spend three fewer days in class, pay more for high school sports, and no longer have specialists teaching technology in elementary school labs. It's all the result of $1.72 million in spending cuts approved by a district budget committee.

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Michigan school closures signal wider problems

The closure of the Buena Vista School District should be viewed as a canary in the coal mine. Early coal mines had poor ventilation systems and since canaries are sensitive to gases, they would detect danger long before it became fatal to miners.

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Students rally for Philadelphia schools, shut down traffic

A swelling crowd of thousands of Philadelphia public school students left their classes at noon and marched outside the district headquarters on North Broad Street to protest proposed education cuts.

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Minneapolis Schools Propose Reforms to Boost Student Achievement

Educators want to give Minneapolis Public Schools more autonomy on budgets, hiring and schedules.

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Richmond (Va.) School Board Again Debates Closing Schools

The talk of closing schools in Richmond is back on — and there’s a third school on the list.

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Maine Superintendent Urges Passage of Budget

The proposed budget would increase the school's portion of property taxes by 3 percent, from $9.57 to $9.86 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, while cutting dozens of positions.

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Stories of Struggle and Creativity as Sequestration Cuts Hit Home

The $85 billion in federal budget cuts known as sequestration are beginning to be felt far from the nation’s capital. Facing the task of cutting 142 children from the Head Start program in Colorado Springs this fall, the teachers and administrators came up with a creative response: Have the children decorate empty chairs, then sell them for $500 apiece to stave off the worst of the across-the-board federal cuts heading their way.

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Pinellas County Fla. Looks to Save Millions by Tweaking Special Ed

Pinellas County Schools officials hope to shave about $6.5 million off their budget by retooling special education programs. Closing the K12 Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport and moving the students to other schools is expected to save $1.8 million, while other special education staffing changes are expected to save an additional $4.7 million.

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