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La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

Louisiana's top court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina. The court said the fired employees' due-process rights were not violated. If the decision stands, it will spare the state and Orleans Parish costs that were expected to surpass $1 billion.

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Arizona board voted on new test to replace AIMS

The Arizona State Board of Education voted to award a $19 million contract to American Institutes for Research to develop an assessment to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards next spring. The new test will be called Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching or AzMERIT.

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Calif. lawmakers say rising superintendent pay must be addressed

State lawmakers said they were shocked to learn how much California's school superintendents are being paid and how auxiliary benefits are becoming increasingly popular. Some are suggesting a formula that considers a district's factors, including cost of living, to help tamper rising pay and perks.

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States slashing education spending for years, trend shows

State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts. In Oklahoma, per pupil spending fell by nearly 24 percent, the largest decline nationwide.

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School-based teen parent center launched in M.D. school

The United Way of Central Maryland unveiled the organization’s first school-based family support center for teen parents. The center offers parenting classes, job readiness and financial education to the teens. It’s the first of its kind in Baltimore City's schools.

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Minneapolis' worst teachers are in the poorest schools, data show

New teacher evaluation data show that Minneapolis schools with the largest number of low-income students have the highest concentration of poor-performing instructors. The city's schools are also facing federal scrutiny for an achievement gap between white and minority students that is among the worst in the nation.

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Companies that profit from school construction back Calif. bond campaigns

Construction, architecture, engineering and labor interests that could benefit from the building and refurbishing of schools have directed more than $110,000 toward passage of three Sacramento County bond campaigns on Tuesday’s ballot.

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Rural schools: State funding system 'absolutely broke'

As difficult as state funding cuts are for public school districts in Wisconsin's largest cities, they are doubly painful in small rural communities. Coupled with increased spending on private school vouchers, state aid reductions in recent years have crippled their small systems and forced them to slash programs and services.

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Success Academy charters among first to be audited by N.Y. comptroller

Armed with new legal authority to go after charter schools, Comptroller Scott Stringer will probe the balance sheets of New York City’s largest charter school network and three other charter schools.

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An uncertain future faces smaller school districts in Indiana county

For many small towns in Indiana, a school isn't just a center of learning but also the center of the community. Falling enrollment and changes in the way schools can finance their operations are forcing superintendents to make hard choices, including facing school system closures.

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