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Nashville's Battle Over Charters

As Metro schools officials dig in to halt legislation that would create a new state panel able to authorize charter schools, their final argument is a fiscal one: protecting the purse of Metro government.

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More Teachers Are Grouping Kids By Ability

New findings based on more than 20 years of research suggest that despite decades of controversy, elementary school teachers now feel fine placing students in "ability groups."

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Maryland Education Foundation Grants $17,822

At what Chairman Dave Allegretto called the group's "favorite" event of the year, the Ocean City (Md.) Education Foundation gave away $17,822 in educational grants on Friday. Awards covered all three Ocean City schools — ranging from a new dance floor for the dance fitness program in the high school's successful School Choice program to a new scoreboard for use in Intermediate School and community athletic events and classes to laptop computers for use by first-graders at the Primary School.

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Massachusetts Towns Looking for Early Education Support

Framingham, Massachusetts' B.L.O.C.K.S. preschool program is in many ways the "front line" of education, says director Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil. "We're able to figure out what we need to do with each child," she said, giving those students a critical head start once they reach grade school. But up until now, the state's early childhood education infrastructure has been underfunded compared to the K12 system, preschool advocates say.

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Online Test Security Breached at Denver Middle School

About 35 sixth-graders at DSST Stapleton learned some hard lessons about cheating last month. The students were caught worming their way into an online instant assessment program in science and English (called “mastery checks”) and changing answers so their teachers would believe they had mastered subjects.

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Mississippi Board Approves STEM Magnet School

The Natchez-Adams (Miss.) School District will operate a magnet school beginning in the fall with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Natchez Democrat reports that the school board voted this past week to locate the magnet school at the former Robert Lewis Middle School. The program will have 125 sixth-grade students.

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South Jersey Districts Seek Approval for Tax Increases

School administrators at the Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional, Moorestown, Mount Laurel and Kingsway Regional districts cite rising salary costs, new curriculum standards and spikes in special education enrollment for a budget trend pushing tax levy caps to the maximum.

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Wisconsin School Leaders Say Governor Walker's Budget Falls Short

Public school leaders are analyzing what Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget will do for education. Walker has proposed a budget that freezes general funding for Wisconsin’s public schools, introduces new incentive payments for districts, expands resources for the state’s voucher and charter schools and devotes significant money for evaluation in public schools.

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Federal School Improvement Grants Running Out

Nearly three years ago, San Francisco's Everett Middle School was labeled one of the worst schools not only in the state, but in the country. It was a run-down school with low test scores and teachers who didn't come back after summer break. Technology was sparse, as were books, and too few parents wanted to send their kids there. But with the lowest-of-the-low label came money. Lots of money.

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Verdicts in Steubenville High School Rape Trial

Two Ohio high school football players have been found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that roiled a small city and stirred reaction from activists online. Judge Thomas Lipps ruled Sunday in juvenile court that Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond are guilty of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August.

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