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Third lawsuit filed to stop Chicago school closings

The Chicago Teachers Union and a group of parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down 10 city schools. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures.

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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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Kids, teachers reunite after Oklahoma tornado

Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins.

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Chaos reigns at Oklahoma schools struck by tornado

Seven school children were among the dead in the Oklahoma City area after a mile-wide tornado with up to 200 mph winds destroyed blocks of homes, businesses and two elementary schools.

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Lawsuit threatened over teacher-led prayer meetings

The American Humanist Association threatened to sue Missouri’s Fayette School District and several school officials on Wednesday for their alleged roles in holding morning religious ceremonies with students on school grounds every week for at least the last year.

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Chicago lawuits say school closings unfair, discriminate against blacks

The Chicago Teachers Union's decision to go to court to try to stop the city from closing 53 elementary schools, while not unexpected, makes clear that the Board of Education's vote on the proposal next week will not put an end to the controversy.

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‘Hit List’ and Racist Graffiti Stun California High School

A reward was being offered as the investigation continued Thursday into racist graffiti targeting African-American students at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif.

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Former D.C. Education Official: Corruption Destroying America’s Schools

The recent 65-count cheating indictment against 35 Atlanta school officials, including the superintendent, has reignited an intense national debate on the use of standardized test scores as a key feature in teacher evaluations.

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Police Seize Columbus, Ohio School Records

Police officers showed up at Columbus high schools on Thursday morning and into the afternoon to seize records the state auditor is seeking in his investigation of the district’s handling of data.

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