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Education Board Grants Indianapolis Control of Four Schools

Four former Indianapolis Public Schools taken over by the state will now be under the control of Mayor Greg Ballard. During a Wednesday morning meeting, the State Board of Education unanimously approved Ballard’s request to give him authority over the four turnaround schools. The state took control of Arlington, Howe and Manual high schools and Donnan Middle School last summer after the schools consistently scored “F” grades on state report cards.

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Illinois District 86 to Withdraw from Special Education Agency

Following in the footsteps of Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is moving closer to cutting its ties with the La Grange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) cooperative — a move that means it would educate special needs students on its own.

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Boston Mayor Urges Delay in Key School-Assignment Vote

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is asking a special panel he appointed to overhaul the way students are assigned to schools to delay a key vote set for Saturday.

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Va. Assembly OKs Special District for Failing Schools

Both houses of the General Assembly this afternoon passed bills to create a special school district designed to take over and fix failing schools.

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Proposal Boosts N.H. Aid to Charter Schools

Charter school supporters urged New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday to increase state aid to these nontraditional schools.

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Turnaround Leader Ross Leaves Detroit Schools

Doug Ross, hired by Detroit Public Schools to lead its school turnaround program, has left the district after 18 months.

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Feds Propose Ban on Chips, Candy from Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal, congruent with first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to combat childhood obesity, that will essentially ban unhealthy foods from schools nationwide.

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More State Laws for Elementary Schools to Hold Back Struggling Readers

More states aren't promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade.

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Ill. High Schools Look At Impact of New Standards

Officials at Hinsdale Township High School District 86 are beginning to look at how it will implement new Common Core State Standards, an initiative in schools across 46 states to increase academic rigor.

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Boston Schools Chief Blasts ‘Poor Judgment’ on Criminal Checks

Hub schools boss Carol Johnson — fuming over a van driver with past convictions who flew under the radar — is calling for a complete overhaul of the department’s criminal screening to ensure other lawbreakers don’t slip through the cracks.

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