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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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Mehlville BOE Votes to Give Kindergartners 'Gift of Time'

There has been a great deal of forward motion in the Mehlville School District over the last 18 months.

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Easton Area School District Cyber School to Launch in Jan.

Easton Area School District will join neighboring school districts by allowing students to take online courses next year.

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Budget Gives More for Utah Education, Especially Science

Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a budget proposal Wednesday that he says will not only help more Utahns gain college degrees and certificates, but also avoid "degrees to nowhere" — and lead to high-paying jobs in science and technology.

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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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Mo. District to Find, Fix Sports Facilities’ Alleged Inequalities Under Title IX

After failing to come to an agreement with complainants alleging violations of inequality between boys’ and girls’ sports facilities Butte School District No. 1 will conduct a self-investigation by mid-January into its locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, and plan to remediate any inequalities found.

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