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Record number of Michigan districts operating under budget deficit

Fifty-five Michigan districts, the largest number of deficit-ridden schools the state has seen, are spending more money than they’re taking in and are subject to state review.

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Students graduate in struggling Buena Vista (Mich.) school district

The ceremony came after a tumultuous May in which the district laid off its teachers and closed for two weeks when it couldn’t meet payroll. The district reopened after the state agreed to release $400,000 it had withheld to make up for earlier overpayments.

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Jackson (Mich.) Public Schools bus drivers picket in protest of possible privatization of their jobs

Ten JPS bus drivers picketed on N. West Avenue between Monroe and North streets at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Another picket is planned for a similar time on Thursday, June 6 on Wildwood Avenue in front of the JPS administration offices, said Lori Grantham, a bus driver and vice president of the Jackson Education Support Personnel union, which represents bus drivers.

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Fort Worth council votes to allow alcohol sales next to schools in four areas

Alcohol sales would be allowed within 300 feet of public and private schools and public hospitals in mixed-use zoning in those areas. Elsewhere in the city, businesses wanting to sell alcohol within that buffer in mixed-use zoning have to seek a variance from the City Council.

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Ill. Schools go wireless to thwart intruders

If a gunman enters one of Plainfield District 202's 30 schools this fall, the principal could press the electronic pendant on the lanyard around her neck. Or an office worker will be able to tap the wireless panic button beneath his desk.

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New York City's education tab swells to $25 billion to foot new programs

New programs to help students meet tougher academic standards and a state-mandated teacher rating system helped to boost New York City's public schools budget to a record $24.8 billion next year.

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Gov. Fallin: Okla. will not have law requiring storm shelters in schools

She pointed to an article in the Tulsa World, estimating the cost of constructing a shelter in every public school in Oklahoma at more than $2 billion.

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Ohio could get millions in early-education funds

The call was part of a stepped-up effort to press Congress to approve the 10-year program, which would finance preschool expansion by raising billions of dollars with an increase in the cigarette tax. But there is little sign that the Republican-controlled House is ready to approve such a tax to expand preschool.

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Movement against Common Core education standards hits N.C.

The K-12 learning standards known as “Common Core” have been adopted by 45 states after being in the works for several years. But recently there has been a growing chorus of tea party and other opponents who say the standards should be dumped.

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Chicago Public Schools new pension headache

After Illinois lawmakers rejected a plan for Chicago Public Schools to delay pension payments, the District’s budget problems may have gone from bad to worse.

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