Ohio Library Selling Former School for Deaf for $1M

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s trustees on Thursday committed to selling the 88,000-square-foot Ohio Deaf School campus at 400 E. Town St. next to the system’s main branch to the Cristo Rey Columbus High School just a couple of weeks after buying the 114-year-old property and adjacent land for $2.16 million.

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Boston Adopts Closer-to-Home School Assignment Plan

The Boston School Committee, in a momentous vote Wednesday, scrapped a school assignment plan developed under court-ordered desegregation almost a quarter-century ago and embraced a new system that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.

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Bronx Parents to Education Dept.: Don’t Fail Kids at PS 64

Now that P.S. 64 Pura Belpre school in Mount Eden is set to phase out in three years, parents are concerned that children in the school are condemned. The kindergarten through fifth grade school is beset with feckless teachers, bullying, large classes and a lack of textbooks and homework, parents charged.

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Kentucky High School Computer Project Bridges Digital Divide

In one Northern Kentucky high school, students have come together to help their classmates get computers and connect to the internet with a classroom project called Communities to Computers.

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Condition of Trenton (N.J.) High School Shocks Other School Districts

Parents, staff and students from school districts across the state — Trenton, Camden, Irvington, Gloucester City — shared horror stories of broken windows, collapsing roofs and choking mold in dilapidated schools at a meeting yesterday of the state Schools Development Authority.

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Groups Criticize Nutter Over Philadelphia School Closings

Only a week remains until the School Reform Commission is to vote on the largest wave of school closings in Philadelphia history, but community organizations are fighting for more time. The NAACP and ACTION United, a statewide organization of 52,000 low- and moderate-income families, have asked for a one-year delay to find additional sources of funding and alternatives to the proposed closing of 29 schools.

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Onslaught on Wis. Schools Mirrors Public Attitudes

Until we see education as an investment, not a cost, the image in the mirror isn't going to be pretty.

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20 NYC Schools Selected for Software Engineering Pilot

In his ongoing effort to make New York City a technological powerhouse, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today revealed the 20 middle and high schools selected for the city’s new Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program. As part of the program, the schools will get “comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum” for around 1,000 students. The program will launch this September and is expected to grow to 3,500 students by 2016.

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Pennsylvania Janitor Helps School Receive $48,000 in Tech Funding

Dan Nelson, the New Hanover (Pa.) School's head custodian and a big NASCAR fan, wrote an attention-grabbing essay and won his school a $48,000 grant offered by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

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Sandy Hook Is Paint Scheme for Daytona 500 Car

NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip will carry a special Sandy Hook School Support Fund paint scheme in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500. The tribute is part of a joint effort of the two-time Daytona 500 champion, Swan Racing, which will supply Waltrip the No. 26 car, and NASCAR to raise awareness and contributions for the fund.