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Muskegon County (Mich.) petitions seek tax millage for school technology

Petitions are being circulated to get a Muskegon County-wide school technology millage proposal on the September ballot. A group calling itself Technology 4 Students is spearheading the effort to collect 3,000 signatures needed to call the special election on Sept. 24.

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Washington district considers adding dozens of shorter school days

Kent school district is the latest Western Washington district that is considering replacing dozens of full school days with partial days. At a meeting this week, administrators and teachers voiced strong support for the move.

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Philadelphia school leaders to vote on 'doomsday' budget

Education officials plan to vote on what critics are calling a 'doomsday' budget, a proposal that would force city schools to open next fall without resources like assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, and music programs.

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Louisiana school board may stop Landry/Walker merger

Inching past the 11th hour, a committee of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Wednesday to consider delaying or stopping an unpopular merger between West Bank high schools L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker, two months before students are supposed to start.

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Milwaukee school choice advocate calls former state rep racist

Former state Rep. Annette Polly Williams, a key figure in making Wisconsin the first state with a school choice program, spoke out against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the program to at least nine more school districts. A blog post on Williams' criticisms prompted George Mitchell, a longtime school choice advocate and contributor to Walker's campaign since 2009, to call Williams racist.

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Jeb Bush slams public schools in Michigan speech

Jeb Bush praised charter schools and slammed traditional public schools and teachers unions in a speech at a Macinac (Mich.) school Wednesday, saying that public education “dumbs down standards to make adults look better," a phrase often used by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Third lawsuit filed to stop Chicago school closings

The Chicago Teachers Union and a group of parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down 10 city schools. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures.

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How New Jersey's schools made up for Superstorm Sandy

More than 40 percent of New Jersey's students saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year. A quarter had a shortened spring break. And 40 percent will remain in classrooms longer this month, with lessons stretching well into June and some graduations pushed back later into the month, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.

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Colo. Springs District among those looking for change in education funding

That's the belief of local school officials who said that regardless of the Colorado Supreme Court's decision that the school finance system is constitutional, it isn't adequate to get the job done.

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In Silicon Valley, even high-achieving schools fail Latinos

In the Sunnyvale elementary district, where 82 percent of Asian students become proficient in algebra, only 10 percent of Latino students do. The district is tied with Berryessa and San Mateo-Foster City for the lowest Latino algebra proficiency rate -- the greatest single predictor of college success -- among 54 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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