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New York City Schools Chancellor Vows to Keep Going Full Throttle

The leader of the world’s largest public education system says he’ll fight for change until his last day on the job. Two years to the day after city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott officially took over the Education Department, the “boy from Queens” promised to keep pushing the reforms that have defined the Bloomberg administration.

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New Report Card System Tougher on Ohio Schools

A look at Ohio’s new A-F report card system, slated to be rolled out in August, shows many school districts score poorly in areas such as closing achievement gaps between students — one of the new graded measures.

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Schools Reopen in Texas Town Rocked by Explosion

A tiny Texas town shaken by tragedy took a major step toward normalcy Monday as hundreds of students went back to school days after a fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes and killed at least 14 people.

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West Virginia Eighth Grader Charged after Wearing NRA T-Shirt to School

A West Virginia student was charged with causing a disruption at a middle school when he refused to remove a T-shirt that displayed the National Rifle Association’s logo and hunting rifle. Jared Marcum, 14, said the shirt did not violate Logan Middle School’s dress code policy.

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Boston Schools Brace for Questions, Tears Over Bombings

School officials said they are trying to be as prepared as possible to help children and staff after an emotional week off.

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Fond du Lac (Wis.) School Board to Elect Officers, Decide Pay Rate

Members of the Fond du Lac Board of Education will choose officers and decide on their annual compensation during a reorganizational portion of Monday’s regular meeting. Elizabeth Hayes, who was recently re-elected to her tenth term on the board, currently serves as president. Julie Nett is vice president, Eric Everson, secretary/clerk, and Kathleen Nagle, treasurer, who was also re-elected, along with Mark Jurgella.

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Richmond, Va. School Board Steps Back to Take in Long Planning View

After nearly four months of nonstop action, the Richmond School Board paused Saturday to try to figure out what it wants to accomplish during its four-year term. During a five-hour retreat at Broad Rock Elementary School, the board set aside its daily duties and let two facilitators lead in-depth discussions on beliefs, goals and strategies.

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Cleveland District Considers Using Funds to Build Downtown

Although the Cleveland School District is leaving its longtime offices on East Sixth Street this summer, school board member Eric Wobser wants the district to increase its presence downtown. Wobser has proposed using all $4.5 million from the sale of the district headquarters to the Drury hotel chain for creating a new school downtown, or expanding one or both of the district schools already there.

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Wyoming School Design and Planning Funds Approved

The Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved funds for planning and design of 19 projects intended to aid school districts running out of classroom space. A $10 million allocation by the 2013 state legislature was divvied among 18 districts. The list includes $1 million to fund the design of a new elementary school in the Natrona County School District.

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California Elementary School Receives National Award

The Coalition for Community Schools will present an Award of Excellence to Harmon Johnson Elementary School on June 6 in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Harmon Johnson was selected based on academic gains, access to health care for students and because of its strong parental support, according to a Twin Rivers Unified School District news release.

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