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U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

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Philadelphia Super. Hite to Close 37 School Buildings

Philadelphia's Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced the proposed closures of 37 school buildings, plus multiple other changes to the cash-poor Philadelphia School District. He is proposing the buildings listed for closure, around 20 elementary schools, a handful of middle schools, and about 10 high schools, shut their doors in June, according to sources and documents obtained by The Inquirer. The schools are in nearly every part of the city and include well-known ones with long histories.

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Indiana's Ousted Bennett Takes Florida Education Post

Just five weeks after voters ousted him from office, Tony Bennett already has a new gig. The trailblazing but controversial Indiana schools chief, a key force in implementing Gov. Mitch Daniels' broad education reform agenda, was named Florida's education commissioner Wednesday. A hero in the education reform movement and a villain to teachers unions, Mr. Bennett was hailed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his "great track record of achievement in Indiana."

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Multi-lingual School Helps Diverse Students Adapt

As a whole, Monroe County Community School Corp. has 744 language minority students, 336 of whom are limited English proficient students. University has one of the district's largest populations of international students.

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Scott Says Public, Private Schools Should Face Same Standards

On education, Gov. Rick Scott made it clear he supports the notion that all schools – public and private – funded by taxpayers should be held to similar standards.

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Novato School District Staffers Criticize Charter Proposal

A proposal for a new charter school in Novato is flawed in numerous areas including curriculum, budgeting and the likely makeup of the student body, school district staffers said Tuesday.

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West Michigan Lawmakers Backing Grand Rapids District Overhaul

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, and Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell Township, have written letters supporting the Grand Rapids superintendent and school board's planned major overhaul of the district to improve achievement and finances.

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Computers Arriving in Portland Schools in $2M Upgrade

In a $2 million technology upgrade, the Portland Public School District has purchased almost 1,000 Apple computers, most of them for elementary school teachers and students. Some computers have already been handed out, but others continue to be distributed this month, district officials said Wednesday.

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Kans. BOE Discusses Proficiency Standards

The Kansas State Board of Education heard testimony Tuesday on how the state determines whether students meet standards on state tests in subjects like math and reading.

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Facing Own Teacher Eval Deadline, Charter Schools Just Say No

At the same time as the State Education Department is publicly pressuring school districts to adopt new teacher evaluations by next month, it’s also quietly demanding that charter schools turn in their teachers’ ratings from last year.

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