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High-Performing Chicago School Finds Itself on Closing List

The school, at 2833 W. Adams St., is one of 53 elementary schools that CPS says is significantly underenrolled and should be closed next fall in a sweeping cost-cutting effort pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Under the plan, Calhoun kids will be sent nearly a half-mile north to Cather Elementary, which officials contend is an even better school.

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Memo Warns of Rampant Cheating in D.C.

The memo notes that nearly all of the teachers at one Washington elementary school had students whose test papers showed high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures and asks, "Could a separate person have been responsible?"

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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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California Middle School Decides Girls’ Leggings Must Be Covered

How tight is too tight for school? Administrators and teachers at a middle school in Petaluma, Calif., are asking themselves this question as they implement a new dress code policy around girls’ form-fitting pants. Kenilworth Junior High has been making national news for prohibiting girls from wearing tight-fitting pants because they’re “distracting to teenage boys,” according to KTVU-TV.

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Four Oklahoma School Safety Bills Await Gov. Fallin's Signature

Four bills authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon related to the issue of school safety passed full votes in the House Thursday. Speaker Shannon and President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said they created the Oklahoma Commission on School Security in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

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West Genesee (N.Y.) School Board Sends Proposed Budget to Voters

The West Genesee School Board Wednesday approved a $73.2 million budget for 2013-2014 that will increase the tax bill for a $100,000 home in Camillus by $42.70. Voters will be asked to approve the budget in voting on May 21 and to approve the district’s purchase of six 70-passenger school buses and four 29-passenger buses. The proposed budget is a 4.1 percent increase over the current spending plan of $70.4 million.

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Parents Choose L.A. Unified-Charter Partnership to Run School

Parents at 24th Street Elementary School have overwhelmingly chosen a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and a charter operator to run the persistently low-performing Jefferson Park campus.

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How School Lunches Can Help Fight Obesity

Federally funded school lunches — long derided as unhealthy or unappetizing — may have a role in curbing childhood obesity rates, after all … if they are done correctly. Students who receive such lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program are often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and are at a higher risk of obesity as it is. Many health experts have asked whether these free lunches just make matters worse.

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Private School Tax Credits Approved by Texas Senate Panel

Texas' Senate Education Committee on Thursday approved a private school tax credit bill that would allow about 10,000 students in low-performing schools to attend private or religious schools at state expense. The measure by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, was approved on a 5-0 vote of the committee, with four other members who were either opposed or lukewarm to the proposal absent.

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N.J. School Chiefs Take Issue with Peer Group Rankings Report

The N.J. Dept. of Education shook the education world Wednesday when it released a new multi-page "School Performance Reports," that provides an analysis of the state’s schools in detail never before seen, including the percentage of middle school kids chronically absent; the percentage that took algebra in middle school; and more.

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