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U.S. senator presses national charter accountability bill

Among Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown's major proposals: Making charter school management and finances more open to the public, tracking how charter schools fit into each area's education plans and making sure that making profits isn't more important than educating kids.

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Wisc. schools chief urges Scott Walker to veto education measures

Many are policy items the state's leading Republicans slipped into the proposal with no public debate, such as allowing the Milwaukee County executive to take over failing schools in Milwaukee, creating a special-needs voucher program and requiring all students to pass a civics test to graduate.

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Confederate flag debates move to high school sports

School districts have been dealing with the use of Confederate symbols in sports for years, and not just in the South. From New York and Massachusetts, to Texas and Florida, schools have disassociated themselves with nicknames like Rebels and logos that feature gray-clad Confederate soldiers and the battle flag itself.

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NY testing contract goes to Questar, not Pearson

The new arrangement will ultimately put an end to a five-year agreement with Pearson that had become the subject of anger and protest from parent and teacher groups throughout the state.

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As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink

A study found that second-generation Mexican Americans in California and Texas had achieved more education, higher earnings, less poverty, more white-collar jobs and greater rates of home ownership than their immigrant parents.

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Housing vouchers best way to keep kids in same school

Students who change schools are likely to fall behind academically, and helping families get stable housing can prevent that, according to a new federal study. Families who received vouchers were significantly less likely to become homeless again or change schools or have parents and children living in separate places.

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Oregon schools set the bar low for reading, math

Oregon set average to below-average standards for how well its elementary and middle school students should read and do math, a new study says. The National Center for Education Statistics report looked at the difficulty level of all 50 states' standardized tests.

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U.S. high schools embrace shooting as hot new sport

Trap shooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota high schools, and was recently introduced in neighboring Wisconsin and North Dakota. While it may make anti-gun activists uneasy, it’s a boon for manufacturers and retailers that have stoked its growth.

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Illinois' new school superintendent gets special perk for lower pension

As a new Illinois employee, state school Superintendent Tony Smith landed in a less lucrative retirement plan designed to control pension costs. But unlike his colleagues in the Tier II plan, he is getting a special stipend each year—expected to be worth thousands of dollars annuallyto make up for his reduced pension.

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Grade-fixing scandal in N.Y. high school unveiled

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has confirmed a massive grade-fixing scandal at John Dewey High School and has moved to fire the veteran principal for allowing dozens of students to earn credit for courses they never took.

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