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School council backs restoring Jesse Owens name

A bid to restore a South Side elementary school building's connection to track star Jesse Owens after a name change earlier this year that many considered culturally tone-deaf will face a final vote later this month.

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Referendum sought on school debt limit in Arizona

Wesley Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said lawmakers are not living up to their constitutional obligation to provide adequate funds for construction of new schools and making repairs on existing ones. Rather than come up with the cash, Harris said legislators have decided to dump the obligation onto local taxpayers.

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Akron (Ohio) Public Schools drops digital academy sponsorship

The Akron Digital Academy, started by the Akron public school system in 2002 to capture some of the students leaving to study online, will no longer be associated with the public school system due to a change in the law that prohibits sponsors from sitting on the academy's board.

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Ind. Schools Seeing More Success with Tax Hikes

Indiana school districts that won voters' approval last week for the majority of the tax increases they had sought to boost school funding may be becoming more skilled at selling the public on the need for those tax hikes, say experts who've tracked Indiana's school referendums for several years.

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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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Detroit Teachers Protest Right to Work, Education Makeover

While the controversial right-to-work legislation drew all the attention in the last week, teachers from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Plymouth, Mich. tried Tuesday to draw some attention to legislation coming down the road that could affect them as much, or more. While they're concerned about the new right-to-work laws, the legislation that concerns them the most is a revamping of the way public schools are funded and who can get public-school funding, and an extension of the Education Achievement Authority's reach.

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Texas Ed Commissioner Removes El Paso School Board

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced today he's stripping all power from El Paso Independent School District trustees, citing a lack of trust from the community they represent. Williams plans to appoint a five-member board of managers to replace the school district's seven elected trustees, who have come under fire for failing to catch a districtwide cheating scheme devised by former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia.

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Detroit Education Bills Making Progress

Bills expanding the reach of Detroit's Education Achievement Authority to become a statewide school reform district are progressing in the Michigan Legislature's lame duck session. The House and Senate education committees Thursday adopted amended versions of the bills, but are working out details about how failing schools could leave the EAA.

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Camden (N.J.) Board of Ed Reverses KIPP Position

The Camden N.J. Board of Education expressed its support for the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy proposal, reversing its prior position on the matter. The board's approval of the KIPP plan was due to two board members - Sean Brown and Kathryn Ribay - changing their votes on the proposal.  Ribay said she would only support the proposal if the promise of negotiating a contract was put in writing. And so, a contract negotiation clause was added to the resolution.

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Education on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda for January

Texas Republicans will go into the 2013 legislative session with much of the same agenda as last year: Tackle government spending, tighten immigration laws and discourage abortion.

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