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Groups Criticize Nutter Over Philadelphia School Closings

Only a week remains until the School Reform Commission is to vote on the largest wave of school closings in Philadelphia history, but community organizations are fighting for more time. The NAACP and ACTION United, a statewide organization of 52,000 low- and moderate-income families, have asked for a one-year delay to find additional sources of funding and alternatives to the proposed closing of 29 schools.

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Texas School Worker Shot During Handgun Training Session

An East Texas school maintenance worker was in fair condition Thursday after being accidentally shot during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, according to local media. The concealed handgun license class is part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms in schools in Van, Texas, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

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Sequester Could Leave Special Education Kids Without Important Services

Teresa Armstrong is steamed. The Virginia mother of four has spent the last few weeks watching, reading and listening to politicians argue about the country's finances but fail to reach a deal to prevent impending across-the-board cuts to federal spending. She doesn't understand how they can bicker endlessly while the consequences for her daughter, Angela, hang in the balance.

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Education Secretary Called Out for Misleading Pink Slips Claim

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting called out for claiming -- erroneously -- that teachers are "getting pink slips" as the sequester looms. Duncan made the claim on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. Discussing the looming spending cuts that begin to kick in Friday, he said: "There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can't come back this fall."

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Computer Programming Classes Scarce in Calif. District

Lodi Unified School District Board President Ralph Womack said he wasn’t familiar with any classes that specifically teach coding, though several broader courses are open.

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N.Y. State Plans Expansion Of STEM Schools

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to establish 10 new programs modeled on Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), the IBM-backed school in Brooklyn that takes students through high school and two years of college with the goal of meeting the demand for workers with the right skills for high tech jobs.

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N.M. District’s Spanish Spelling Bee Promotes Language Skills

The district’s multicultural programs director, Clara Evans, said the spelling bee is another way to both encourage students to study and maintain their Spanish-speaking skills and promote the district’s bilingual efforts and programs.

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Jeb Bush Talks Education Reform With Texas Lawmakers

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Texas senators "to go big or go home" when it comes to pushing changes to public education policy on Wednesday.

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PE Exemption Examined, Rejected at N.J. School Board Meeting

A lengthy discussion at the Tuesday, Feb. 26, Board of Education meeting centered on a presentation in relation to exempting high school athletes from physical education classes.

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Calif. Schools Must Set Up Fee Complaint Systems

California school districts must have procedures in place by Friday for students and parents to file complaints if they feel their schools are improperly charging fees for educational activities.

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