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Pittsburgh superintendent faces $46M deficit, plans to close a school

Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane has proposed closing the district's smallest school, Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5 on the Bloomfield-Lawrenceville border, next year as part of a plan aimed at saving as much as $45 million a year through potential cuts ranging from mowing grass less frequently to moving some special education students from regional classrooms to neighborhood schools.

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California district installs surveillance cameras

Forty-eight surveillance cameras costing $120,000 went into service at four Novato, Calif. schools yesterday, a growing trend among schools across the Bay Area. Novato’s superintendent told the Marin Independent Journal that part of the reason for installing the cameras is to secure schools, discourage the damaging of school property, and keep kids safe.

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A new group is pushing for S.C. education reforms

There’s a sheriff in North Carolina. Who works for a colonel in Oklahoma. Who works for a billionaire in Oregon. These are the leaders of a new group that’s looking to enact a host of education reforms in South Carolina—although all they’ve done so far is publish a cookie cutter catalog aimed at alerting parents to existing school choice options.

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Report shows education disparity among nation’s third-graders

A new report raises alarms about whether America’s 8-year-olds are prepared for success. Only 36 percent of third-graders in the U.S. score at or above the national average in math, reading, and science, according to the report, which also exposes the income and racial divide in America. White children from higher-income families score significantly higher than other children on these tests.

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Louisiana study highlights importance of early childhood education

As Louisiana begins to make early childhood education a priority, a new study stresses the importance of high-quality preschool programs and health-care coverage for a child's future success.

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City Council, BoE seek end to revenue strain on Pittsburgh schools

In 2004, as part of a raft of legislation to rescue Pittsburgh from near bankruptcy, the state legislature transferred a portion of a tax levied by the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education to the city. At the time, the school district seemed to be on firm financial footing with a healthy reserve fund of around $90 million. The city, on the other hand, was sinking into financial distress and facing a $77 million hole in its budget. But now the financial portrait of both bodies has changed—even reversed, some say.

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In Florida, agreement to reduce student arrests

One of the nation's largest school districts, law enforcement and the NAACP have reached a deal aimed at arresting fewer students for minor offenses and cutting down the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, which the civil rights group and others say disproportionately affects minority students.

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Colorado is asking taxpayers for $1 billion to help schools

In one poor school district in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, students take classes in a bus garage, using plastic sheeting to keep the diesel fumes at bay. In another, there is no more money to tutor young immigrants struggling to read. And just south of Denver, a district where one in four kindergartners is homeless has cut 10 staff positions and is bracing for another cull.

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Minority student population in Illinois surpassing white students

With Illinois public schools on the cusp of becoming a "majority minority," suburban districts that were once overwhelmingly white are adjusting to their rising Latino enrollment with changes in curriculum and culture.

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Greenville County Schools in South Carolina on track for re-accreditation

A national team of education experts gave its stamp of approval for re-accreditation of the Greenville County school district and all of its schools last week, praising the district for its use of a set of principles that guides everything that goes on in schools, and recommending that it reach out more to families and students who feel left out.

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