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Three Philly Schools Get Grants to Expand

Three of Philadelphia's most innovative traditional public schools are set to expand, thanks to $6 million in grants from the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership. All told, Center City's Science Leadership Academy, Germantown's Hill-Freedman Middle School, and the Navy Yard's Sustainability Workshop are expected to add 1,600 new students over the next three years.

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Houston ISD Plans to Give Laptops to High Schoolers

Houston ISD officials announced Thursday that it is prepared to give students at up to 18 high schools their own laptops next school year, becoming among the first big-city districts to launch a one-to-one computing program.

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Orleans Parish Board Fails to Properly Track Money Shared with RSD

The Orleans Parish School Board is not properly accounting for the money it shares with the Recovery School District, resulting in $2.1 million misspent in fiscal year 2011, according to a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

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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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