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'Leveling' at Philadelphia schools is raising anxiety

"It's called "leveling" – the process the Philadelphia School District uses in mid-October to shift teachers based on enrollment fluxes. In the past, the district often hired more teachers to resolve problems of overcrowded classrooms.

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Online application woes make students anxious and put colleges behind schedule

With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions.

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Buffalo schools’ lost savings blamed on administrators’ job protections

One of the reasons the reorganization of the Buffalo Public Schools administration ended up costing taxpayers $1.6 million instead of saving $2 million is that many longtime administrators were protected.

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Columbus City Schools’ hiring, training plans uncertain

Columbus City Schools’ proposed property-tax levy dedicates $8.5 million a year to “recruit, retain and train high-quality teachers and principals,” but officials have no detailed plan for how that money would be spent.

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Embattled charter chain fights to add schools in Florida

Orange County and other school districts are making persistent efforts to enforce local standards amid charter-friendly changes to the law by the Legislature.

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Study finds recession hit Camden, N.J. schools worst in state

A study of New Jersey school district finances before and after the recession found that Camden's schools were financially hit the hardest by the market collapse.

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More Los Angeles schools opening Advanced Placement courses to all students

Some students may not be adequately prepared for the rigorous classes and high achievers may be shut out. But supporters see equal access as an educational right.

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Schools fear shutdown’s threat to lunch programs

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program could soon be a casualty of the partial government shutdown, leaving millions of children without an important source of nutrition, a group representing school nutrition workers warned Congress on Friday.

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Brooklyn Bridge protest aims for charter school support

Thousands of parents, students, and educators took to the streets of New York City Tuesday morning demanding better schools and a better deal for charter schools. Their main target of concern: front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has said he would charge rent to some charter school operators that now get free space in public school buildings.

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High schools struggle to tackle safety on the football field

Football is the most popular sport among high school boys, with more than 1 million playing the game. But the sport has taken a hit in recent years over allegations that the game is unsafe. Young athletes across all sports suffer 300,000 concussions each year, according to researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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