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Bethel (Ore.) board to OK budget with no layoffs required

After four years of cuts in the Bethel School District, things are looking up for students and teachers in the upcoming school year. Thanks in large part to 10 unpaid days that teachers agreed to last month, the west Eugene school district expects to avoid laying off any teachers or other staff members for the first time in four years.

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Bethlehem (Pa.) district doesn't want charter school to receive TIF dollars

Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District officials are disappointed that a city charter school is relocating into a special tax district aimed at boosting the economic redevelopment on former Bethlehem Steel land, and officials don't want the money the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority receives through a special tax deal going toward building the new school.

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New York suburb recruits students from other schools

The Blind Brook-Rye public school district, just outside New York City, seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college, including many in the Ivy League. What it hasn't always had in recent years is enough students. So the district is recruiting from neighboring districts whose families are willing to pay tuition of more than $20,000 a year to have their children attend a public school.

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Michigan school uses peer mediators to avoid suspension

Peer mediation is used at Ypsilanti High School (Ypsilanti, Mich.) as a prevention tactic to stop conflicts before they get too serious. The "conflict-resolution room" is quiet and sparse — just a small couch, some chairs and a plant. For decoration there are a few homemade posters with drawings of shooting stars and signs with slogans like "Together we can!" and "Think before you speak."

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Louisiana plans to pay Arkansas school to take students

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved plans for up to 100 students in Claiborne Parish to attend school in Junction City, Ark. State aid of up to $700,000 will be routed through a charter school in Delhi, La.

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DC mayor emphasizes continuity in first education address

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.

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Classical schools are putting Plato before the iPad

In Maryland, a group of students ponder which depiction of the Nativity shows true beauty: A 14th-century Giotto, a 16th-century Barocci or a 20th-century William Congdon. The students attend just one of several hundred “classical” schools around the country—institutions designed to reflect the history of Western civilization, rather than the latest classroom trends.

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Russell County Middle School on Alabama's failing schools list

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

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Judge orders new Texas school finance trial

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, State District Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6. The suit was filed last summer after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding while simultaneously implementing a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

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South Dakota gets grants for eight after-school programs

The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, guaranteed for five years, for eight after-school programs. The money will support tutoring, homework help, music, arts, sports, and other after-school activities.

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