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Desegregation aid could end for Arkansas schools

An agreement awaiting a federal judge's final approval soon could end one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts following decades of court battles and $1 billion of special aid to Little Rock-area schools.

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Chicago schools watchdog targets faked school attendance, grades

Sullivan's latest annual report, issued earlier this month, revealed that a high school principal and her programmer created "ghost students" to pad enrollment so the school would be eligible for an assistant principal and additional non-teaching staff.

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Minnesota charter school monitors to face more scrutiny from education department

The evaluations are part of a new charter school law the state has been rolling out since 2010. As part of its overall push for stronger oversight of charters, the law also requires the state to monitor its monitors more closely.

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Maine schools with higher percentage of poor students typically have lower academic performance

Lead author David Silvernail of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine presented the findings to the Legislature’s Education Committee on Thursday.

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Scottsdale (Ariz.) to consider closing schools to save money

The governing board held a study session Thursday in which the members learned that, with the rejection of the district’s budget override in November as well as other increased costs, they may have to cut $6 million from the 2014-15 budget.

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California budget surges to record high with education increases

A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California’s general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state’s days as the nation’s poster child of fiscal dysfunction.

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Number of failing Texas schools nearly doubles

Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

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Knoxville, Tenn. board meeting tackles morale, funding issues

Another busy school board meeting was held in downtown Knoxville recently as teachers, parents and administrators tackled a number of issues that will shape the future of the school district. One topic that came up were the results of the district's recently released teacher surveys, which asked teachers about their feelings on the state of the Knox County School system.

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Los Angeles public library to offer high school diplomas

The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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Florida lawmakers question timeline for new ed standards, state tests

When Pam Stewart became state education commissioner in September, lawmakers said they would give her time to untangle the complicated issues facing the education department. That unspoken grace period came to an end Wednesday, when members of the Senate Education Committee grilled Stewart on the future of Florida’s public schools.

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