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Michael Bloomberg Donates $350,000 to L.A. School Board Race

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg donated $350,000 to the Los Angeles school board campaign this week, records show. Bloomberg's contribution, which was filed Tuesday, will enlarge the already sizable war chest of the Coalition for School Reform, a political action committee led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Backlash Grows Against State Education Standards in Michigan

Lawmakers in Michigan are taking the lead to stop education standards developed and pushed by governors and school leaders across the country. The state House on Wednesday passed an amendment, attached to the Education Department budget, that prohibits any funding for the controversial Common Core system.

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Getting Latino Parents Involved in Their Kids' Education

General Mills is teaming up with a civil rights group to help get Latino parents more involved in their children's education. The Minneapolis-based company's Box Tops for Education program is partnering with the National Council of La Raza for the program "Committed Parents: Supporting Your Child's Success."

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Conn. Gov. Awarded for Education Efforts

Hartford Public School students have narrowed their achievement gap with the rest of the state by a third since 2006-2007. The superintendent says much of that has come during and because of Governor Malloy's time in office.

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Ill. District hatches Ambitious Tech Plan

A technology plan recently presented to the board of education comes with a goal for all students to have their own mobile devices in the classroom. That technology would allow students to complete their homework, read books, watch tutorials or complete academic assessments such as Measurement of Academic Progress, or MAP.

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Fla. District Votes No On Tax Increase To Put More Cops In Schools

Since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the town has paid thousands of dollars in overtime to put more police officers in schools.

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Minn. House OKs $15B Education Bill With Free All-Day Kindergarten

The House, by an 83-50 vote, passed a $15.7 billion K-12 education-funding bill with heady hopes of creating the “world’s greatest workforce” by wiping out the achievement gap affecting minority students and achieving 100 percent high school graduation by the time today’s preschoolers graduate from high school in 2027.

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Study Identifies Troubling Patterns of Teacher Assignments in Schools

In a paper published in this month's issue of Sociology of Education, the researchers present the results of a comprehensive analysis of teacher assignments in the nation's fourth-largest school district, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Their findings identify trends that may contribute to teacher turnover and achievement gaps nationwide.

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Johnson Stepping Down as Leader of Boston Public Schools

She said she was proud of her accomplishments since she took office in August 2007. She cited, among other things, improved high school graduation rates and MCAS performance, bringing hundreds of students back to school who had dropped out, and closing achievement gaps.

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Richmond School Board Decides Against Closing Schools

Faced with a self-imposed Friday deadline for picking two schools to shutter, the Richmond School Board opted instead to put off the cost-cutting measure.

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