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Forty percent of superintendents sign letter criticizing Tenn. ed chief

A majority of Tennessee school chiefs opted not to join their colleagues in publicly criticizing beleaguered Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, although the participation of Nashville-area leaders was a mixed bag. About 40 percent of Tennessee’s 138 school superintendents attached their names to a letter asking Gov. Bill Haslam to put the kibosh on Huffman and his reform policies.

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Kansas education board wants to fingerprint more teachers

In an effort to better shield classrooms from convicted felons, Kansas is moving toward requiring certain educators to submit fingerprints when renewing their teacher licenses so they can be checked against a state criminal database.

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Florida charter school forced to close after two Fs

The Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy, a two-year-old school in Tamarac, appealed a state law that requires charter schools to be automatically closed after a second consecutive F. Schools can ask the state to stay open if they can show student achievement is better than other schools in the area.

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Wake (N.C.) working to raise high schools' graduation rate

Since 2006, the state’s graduation rate has risen from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. But during the same period, Wake’s graduation rate has dropped from 82.6 percent to 81 percent with groups such as low-income, black and Hispanic students performing at a lower rate than their peers statewide.

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N.J. education commissioner to give 'Education State of the State' address

Hundreds of school superintendents and other district administrators; plus state education officials, and others involved in educating the state's 1.4 million public school students, are expected to attend the event at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson.

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Columbus schools hire old bus company to provide drivers

The Columbus Board of Education agreed yesterday to pay First Group America up to $134,250 for substitute bus drivers, if needed, until Oct. 31. It’s likely that the district will need those substitutes, Simmons said.

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Security survey underway at Westport (Conn.) schools

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

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Public opinion of Philadelphia Schools at 5-year low, survey finds

Forty-eight percent of respondents in the new survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts said they believed the state of the financially beleaguered Philadelphia schools system would force families to look for other educational options, such as private schools, religious schools, or charters.

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Seattle redraws school maps to ease overcrowding

The proposal is the first substantial revision of attendance boundaries since 2010, when the district started using a neighborhood-based system that guaranteed students a seat in a school close to home.

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Portland schools could see multiple new language immersion programs by fall of 2014

Portland Public Schools could see new dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Spanish in the fall of 2014, according to the latest update from the district's language immersion officials.

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