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Local Hires Demanded for San Francisco Construction Project

A group of San Francisco residents is threatening to shut down construction on the new Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School when work begins later this year unless the school district agrees to hire neighborhood residents.

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Hamilton County (Ga.) Schools Supersize to Economize

Officials argue that one school for 1,000 children is cheaper to build and operate than two schools for 500, but some education researchers say that savings comes at a high price because the more students in a building, the worse they perform.

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Mich. Department of Civil Rights Complaint May Force Change in Schools

Chippewa Valley and Utica high schools are among the schools that the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is asking to stop using American Indian nicknames, mascots, chants and imagery. Chippewa Valley uses the nickname “Big Reds” and Utica uses “Chieftains.”

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Jefferson County (Ky.) Schools Fail to Improve

Kentucky's education commissioner warned that the state may have to intercede because nearly all of Jefferson County's persistently low-achieving public schools are failing to improve.

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Mass. 'Virtual Schools' Earn Praise from Panel

Legislators and educators applauded the benefits of virtual schools at a Thursday seminar, praising the innovation that allows students to learn at their own pace and take advantage of technology in the classroom.

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Armed Security Stationed At Weehawken (N.J.) Schools

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting in December, the Weehawken school district has stationed armed security at its three public schools.

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Baltimore Charter and Independent Schools Faced Financial, Academic Challenges

Schools are fighting closures connected to high-profile figures and institutions.

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Fla. Public Schools Lose Millions to Crooks, Cheaters

There is a large problem with mandated tutoring in Florida: The program pays public money to people with criminal records, and to cheaters and profiteers who operate virtually unchecked by state regulators.

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California Schools Finance Upgrades by Making the Next Generation Pay

School officials in Santa Ana were in a bind several years ago: they wanted to build hundreds of new classrooms, but feared that voters would rebel against tax increases to pay for the construction.

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Michigan AG Loses Challenge to Remove Detroit School Board

The state attorney general has lost a court challenge to remove most of Detroit’s school board. In an order signed on Feb. 5, Wayne Circuit Court Judge John Gillis Jr. denied State Attorney General Bill Schuette’s motion for summary disposition and granted the school board’s motion, effectively allowing the school board to continue to hold office.

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