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Chicago principals to control their own spending

Chicago Public Schools released budgets for individual schools to principals Wednesday and revealed a few more details on how it plans to close a budget gap of nearly $1 billion next year.
Principals for the first time will control the entire budget for their schools.

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The remarkable turnaround of Massachusetts' Orchard Gardens School

What happens if you trade security guards for easels and music stands? Can a focus on arts education transform a school? For one school in Roxbury, Mass., the answer is, yes.

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Obama pushes jobs, education during visit to N.C. middle school

As part of his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, President Obama traveled to Mooresville, N.C., yesterday. He highlighted Mooresville Middle School's focus on technology and digital learning. Young voters cited the economy and education as top concerns.

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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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