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California elementary school to be named for Michelle Obama

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to name an area elementary school in first lady Michelle Obama’s honor. The name was selected for Mrs. Obama's support of a healthy, active lifestyle, after which the school models itself.

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Chicago union chief faults ‘rich white people’ for city’s education mess

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

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CopSync offers districts digital hotline to police

A computerized emergency system from CopSync lets teachers and administrators alert police and other emergency responders to a crisis without waiting to go through a dispatch center. The instant message can display room numbers on a school map and the teacher assigned to that room.

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Panelists address school technology in Tennessee

Sumner County (Tenn.) business leaders and school officials met at Volunteer State Community College to address the state of technology and ways to handle areas of need at a panel discussion hosted by COMPASS and the Hendersonville Young Professional Council.

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Texas district draws complaints for prayer at preschool graduation

A graduation ceremony at a Texas preschool that began with a prayer is drawing criticism from a group advocating for the separation of church and state.

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An education declaration to rebuild America

Americans have long looked to our public schools to provide opportunities for individual advancement, promote social mobility, and share democratic values. We believe good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and that it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few.

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Former Ohio tech director sentenced in $3.4M theft from district

More than two years after millions of dollars were discovered stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights (Ohio) school district, the pace of action against those accused is quickening in federal and county courts.

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Philadelphia school leaders to vote on 'doomsday' budget

Education officials plan to vote on what critics are calling a 'doomsday' budget, a proposal that would force city schools to open next fall without resources like assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, and music programs.

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How New Jersey's schools made up for Superstorm Sandy

More than 40 percent of New Jersey's students saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year. A quarter had a shortened spring break. And 40 percent will remain in classrooms longer this month, with lessons stretching well into June and some graduations pushed back later into the month, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.

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Are Chicago's school closings discriminatory?

Chicago returned to the center of the national debate over the future of public education this week as the city’s school board voted to shut down 50 schools. The decision, which could be derailed by a lawsuit, would result in the biggest single round of school closings in United States history.

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