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Loud voice fighting tide of new trend in education

Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards.

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Calif. schools could lose federal funding over STAR test suspension

Hesitating to fully embrace a nationwide campaign to bolster schools' accountability, California has turned up its nose at federal carrots and now wants a reprieve from Uncle Sam's stick -- an entreaty that has so infuriated the Obama administration that it is threatening to withhold federal money from the state's schools.

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California, feds in showdown over overhaul of schools’ standardized testing plan

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson called Tuesday for the state Senate to overhaul California’s standardized testing system despite the threat that the changes could result in the loss of millions in federal education dollars.

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Utah schools will soon scrap vending machine treats

Officials try to keep students on campus, but some say more-healthful vending machines will drive off even more kids seeking junk-food high.

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Idaho schools chief admits to missteps in education reform plan

Nearly a year after voters trounced Tom Luna’s Students Come First proposals in a referendum, the state schools superintendent acknowledged he did not do enough to make the plan transparent or to involve Idahoans.

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North Carolina could get 170 new charter schools in 2015

State education officials said 170 charter groups met the deadline last Friday to submit letters of intent to be considered for opening in August 2015. Depending on how many meet a Dec. 6 deadline to submit an application, the state’s lineup of 130 charter schools could be in for a huge expansion.

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Philly schools open with fewer counselors and many concerns

Philadelphia schools opened Monday amid the district's well-documented fiscal woes and drastically reduced staffing levels.

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Lake County (Fla.) sets new school-busing fee

Thousands of Lake County students who lost bus service this school year will soon be able to pay for the bus rides. Other students, meanwhile, will get free rides to school if their walking route is considered dangerous by a new School Board-created standard.

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New inclusive approach helps Illinois schools fight bullying

In recent years, media attention, state mandates and research on bullying have prompted dozens of school districts across Illinois — including at least 10 in the Chicago suburbs — to try a more inclusive approach that addresses peer aggression while instilling a broader message of respect.

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Recovery School District eyes charters for Baton Rouge schools

Several national groups were recently approved to move into north Baton Rouge and start charter schools over the next few years, but the Louisiana Department of Education has yet to make a critical decision, picking which ones will land space in the seven schools the state operates there.

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