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Charlotte, N.C., charter school dreams fade in start-up turmoil

Less than four months after StudentFirst charter school opened, those dreams collapsed amid allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and financial irregularities. Overdue bills had the school on the brink of bankruptcy. Students were going without textbooks, losing teachers and taking long naps during the day, consultants reported. The board of directors fired school founders Handford and Moss, who are now suing the board they once recruited.

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California district's workforce training goes all business

Business leaders visit classes to give students a head start after high school in a specific trade, preparing them for a higher education degree and helping them learn how to pursue jobs. And it has become an entryway not only into the professional world, but also into learning the basic skills needed to survive adulthood.

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Wake County students attend school on Saturday

Thousands of Wake County, N.C., students spent the first of four Saturday mornings in school recently to make up snow days. School officials say that the 38 multitrack year-round schools hold make-up days on Saturdays because they don’t have the space or time on weekdays. In the multitrack calendar, students are in class every week except winter break and the first week of July.

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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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