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Columbus, Ohio district may close seven buildings

Administrators in Ohio's largest school district are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students. A decision in favor of shuttering Brookhaven and Independence high schools would mark the first high school closures in the district in more than 30 years.

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Wisconsin Senate will not pursue school sanctions

There's "no appetite" for passing a bill this year that imposes sanctions against poorly performing public or private voucher schools, says Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Instead, the Senate will pursue a more limited school accountability bill that focuses on having private schools report the same data as public schools without a major overhaul of the report card.

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Kansas ed policy rivals concur on rich, poor testing gap

Ideological rivals Diane DeBacker and Dave Trabert found common ground recently with agreement during a Kansas legislative hearing that an educational testing gap between poor and wealthy students continues to widen in the state. Union of thought on a solution to that statistical predicament, however, wasn’t to be found during a joint appearance before House and Senate education committee members.

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EASD hears application for proposed charter school

Some say because Easton ASD in Pennsylvania has slashed so many teachers and programs in recent years, it should have a charter school in the district that will have smaller class sizes and provide more hands-on learning for children. Others say the cash-strapped school district shouldn't have a charter school that would "drain the district of money" and take some of its children away.

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Talks emerging to put override of special ed tax on Michigan ballot

Superintendents of public school districts in Michigan's Washtenaw County are discussing ways to bring in more funding for special education—which could mean a proposal before voters in November. State law allows for intermediate school districts to levy a tax for special education.

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N.C. board of ed votes not to renew PACE Academy charter

The North Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted not to renew PACE Academy’s charter, based on the recommendation of the state’s charter school advisory board. The school will have 60 days to appeal the decision.

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Planned education rally angers lawmakers

Two state lawmakers are chastising Oklahoma school districts that are planning to give teachers and students a day off so they can lobby for more education funding at the state Capitol.

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Connecticut Gov. Malloy pushes education at State of the State

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.

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Texan pays off students’ school lunch debts

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.

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Miami-Dade Schools tax collections could fall $60 million short — again

To brace for the shortfall, the $4 billion school district is putting aside spare dollars and closely watching monthly collections. For instance, an item that saves $18 million by reducing spending and transferring costs is included on next week’s School Board agenda.

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