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Chicago Mayor Says Negotiations Over, but Protesters March On

On a day when Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the time for negotiations on school closings was over, the Chicago Teachers Union led hundreds of supporters in a highly orchestrated downtown rally and march as part of its continuing efforts to derail the district's plan to shut 53 elementary schools.

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Are Schools Getting Tongue-Tied?

English as a Second Language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages—more than 100 in some locations—as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country.

Newtown School Shooter Adam Lanza Had Arsenal in Home, Car

There were three samurai swords, with blades 13 inches, 21 inches and 28 inches long. There were hundreds of rounds of ammunition. There were targets, a bayonet, knives, pictures of a bloodied body wrapped in plastic, and guns. Lots of guns. And there were plans to buy more.

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Iowa Governor Proposes $187M Increase in State Ed Budget

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, has proposed increasing the state’s education budget by $187 million. While most Republican-led states have focused on vouchers and charter schools, Iowa has no private school voucher program and has only three charter schools in the entire state.

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Florida Lawmakers Advance Bill to Allow Arming School Employees

Public and private school principals could designate teachers and other school employees who would carry concealed weapons on campus at all times in an effort to make schools safer, under legislation that won approval Wednesday from a Florida House committee.

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Newark School Board Candidates Change Tone on Charter Schools

As Newark’s school advisory board candidates hash out their positions in the run-up to the April 16 election, a change in tone has emerged from a slate once known for its opposition to charter schools.

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Batavia (Ill.)School District Drops a Notch in ISBE Financial Profile

Batavia dropped from the "Financial Recognition" category—which is earned by 65 percent of the school districts in Illinois in the recent announcement—to the the "Financial Review" category, according to the ISBE document.

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Batavia (Ill.)School District Drops a Notch in ISBE Financial Profile

Batavia dropped from the "Financial Recognition" category—which is earned by 65 percent of the school districts in Illinois in the recent announcement—to the the "Financial Review" category, according to the ISBE document.

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Two Teachers Sue Columbus (Ohio) Schools Claiming Discrimination

Two teachers in Columbus schools’ gifted-student program sued their bosses in federal court yesterday, saying they’ve been discriminated against because they are white.

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Conn. Owes About $235,000 to Education Reform Consultants

Three education consulting firms sued the state this week claiming the Department of Education failed to pay them in full for their work helping the Malloy administration with its reform efforts in 2012.

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