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Too Many School Districts?

Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) proposed creating a commission to study the issue with the goal of having no more than 100 school districts, a significant drop from the existing 500 school districts.

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Fairfax County (Va.) Schools Superintendent Dale Hospitalized

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale has been hospitalized for a medical emergency, the school system said Wednesday.

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With Police in Schools, More Children in Court

As school districts across the country consider placing more police officers in schools, youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office.

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Maine Teachers Learn From Each Other When it Comes to Technology

Bates College professor Anita Charles has studied technology in education and said working with tech-savvy student teachers is not as difficult as you might think. Creating a lesson plan is about knowing what your objectives are and how the tools you might use in the classroom can get you there.

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Growing Movement Seeks to Expand Length of School Day

In most U.S. schools, the school day and year are the same length today as 100 years ago — 6.5 hours, 180 days. Expectations for what schools must crowd into that time have risen sharply, though.

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Mississippi Prepares New Push on Education

Leaders of the city in the impoverished Delta region — known as the crossroads of the blues where Robert Johnson once lived — hope improved education will help stanch a hemorrhaging population that now stands at 18,000.

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Portland Public Schools Adds More Teachers to Budget After Parental Outcry

Superintendent Carole Smith added 58 high school teaching positions to her initial budget proposal on Monday after parents publicly decried a schedule that doesn'™t allow most students to have a full school day.

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Michigan District Closed Despite Teachers' Offer to Work For Free

In Buena Vista, Mich., a school district of less than 500 students closed its schools Tuesday because it is broke. At an emergency meeting Monday evening, hours after teachers voted to work for free for at least a week since the district determined it could not pay them, the school board opted to shut down schools.

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Edwards Named Interim Baltimore Schools CEO

As city schools CEO Andrés Alonso steps aside, he's turning the system over to a close adviser he's trusted during some of his administration's most trying moments.

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Plan to Add Slots for Gifted Students in N.Y.C. Schools

Seeking to address pervasive racial disparities at the top echelons of New York City schools, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, plans on Tuesday to propose a significant overhaul of gifted and talented programs that would provide space for more children and loosen admissions requirements.

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