Detroit finds new uses for old school buildings

Dozens of Detroit public schools were forced to close in recent years as the district sank into debt and parents sought better education options. Now the city is getting high marks for its efforts to reuse those buildings — as churches, substances-abuse centers, housing and more.

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Are the Chicago Public Schools enrollment figures for closing schools reliable?

The district's new enrollment figure may be inflated, as administrators at some closing schools said that because they were under pressure to get children signed up, they went ahead and enrolled students whose parents could not be contacted.

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In Ohio, schools built by the state often overcrowded

Many of Ohio’s newest schools are bursting at the seams — or getting close to it. One out of three schools that opened this school year with funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission is serving more students than the building is designed to hold, according to a Dispatch analysis of state data.

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Florida county schools face $7.5 million revenue loss

The Clay County school system is beginning the 2013-14 budget process facing a projected $7.5 million loss of state revenue because of a drop in enrollment.

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Chicago to shutter 50 public schools: Is historic mass closure an experiment in privatization?

As the academic year winds down, a record number of Chicago schools are preparing to close their doors for good in the largest mass school closing ever in one U.S. city.

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Baltimore school system passes $1.2B budget

The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.

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Fewer than 5 Chicago schools expected to be spared

Pressured for months by teachers, community leaders and aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board is nonetheless expected on Wednesday to approve closing all but a few of the 53 elementary schools the administration wants to shut down.

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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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Half of Closed Flint Schools in Last Decade Mostly in Black Areas

Nearly half of the more than 20 school closures announced by the Flint School District over the last decade have been in predominantly black neighborhoods on the northwest side of the city, according to an MLive-Flint Journal analysis.

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Enrollment In Bristol (Conn.) Schools Continues to Drop Slowly

The school system is poised to end the year down about 150 students compared to last year, continuing a gradual decline in enrollments.

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