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Oil-boom Wealth a Mixed Blessing for Eagle Ford’s School Districts

Million-dollar homes and leafy boulevards once were the surest sign that you lived in a rich Texas school district. Now add drilling rigs, dusty roads and overnight trailer parks.

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Baltimore City Schools Hires Test Security Company to Alleviate Cheating

The Baltimore school system has hired a leading data forensics company to review thousands of state assessment results dating to 2009 — a third-party analysis that school officials say is needed to inject fairness into investigations of alleged cheating.

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Calif. Illegal Immigrants Ask for School Records

Thousands of Los Angeles illegal immigrants have inundated the nation's second-largest school district for copies of records that might qualify them for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Classes Resumed Monday at Lake Forest High School -- Without Teachers

Lake Forest High School, despite a teachers strike, was planning to reopen school Monday with administrators, substitute teachers and community volunteers offering students a variety of educational programs, parents were told during a meeting Sunday.

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A Superintendent’s Look at the Chicago Teacher Strike

Longtime school superintendent Randall Collins, Executive Director of the District Administration Leadership Institute, shares professional insights on the Chicago teacher strike with Odvard Egil Dyrli, District Administration’s executive editor.

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Chicago Public Schools Fails to Get Court Order Ending Teachers Strike

Lawyers for Chicago Public Schools lost their case of a temporary restraining order which would have immediately ended the teachers strike. Judge Peter Flynn did not agree to hold a hearing on the matter today, instead suggesting the case be heard on Wednesday. But the judge questioned if the legal issues wouldn't be moot if the strike is over by then, according to Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city's Law Department.

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NJ Schools Prepare to Implement New Teacher Evaluations

New Jersey’s plans for having a statewide teacher evaluation system in place by 2013-2014 goes full throttle this year, with every school district in the state being required to start putting the key pieces in place.

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Schools Closed by Hurricane Isaac Begin to Reopen

Officials say nine schools within the St. John the Baptist Parish (La.) School District reopened Monday with at least a 92 percent student attendance rate. District-wide attendance increased to almost 95 percent by Tuesday.

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Mayor's Plan to Close Schools Fuels Chicago Union's Fears

Emanuel's administration would close 80 to 120 public schools and open many charter schools, sources say

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Debate on What Makes Teachers Good Is Cause of Chicago School Walkout

The first Chicago teacher strike in 25 years has both sides saying the fight is about assuring that classrooms are led by good educators. They just disagree sharply over how that should be done.

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