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Chicago Public Schools hires help to make transition to new schools

A city-wide effort to help transition closed Chicago Public Schools to new "welcoming schools" began Monday.

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10 percent of Rhode Island schools ranked low-performing

One in ten Rhode Island schools are being targeted for intense interventions aimed at increasing student achievement levels over the next several years, according to data released Tuesday by the R.I. Department of Education.

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Detroit Public Schools to add 46 pre-K classrooms

Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday launched a universal pre-kindergarten initiative that will add 46 pre-K classrooms across the city, expanding early childhood offerings to eligible students.

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Arizona districts convert schools to charters for more money

Amid run-of-the-mill agenda items recognizing volunteers and approving playground renovations, the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board last month quietly made a significant change: It converted one-third of its elementary schools to charter schools.

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D.C. Public Schools creates 9th grade academies at nine schools

D.C. Public Schools creating a new ninth-grade “academy” for first-time incoming 9th graders at nine schools that’s intended to help the students graduate.

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New law requires Illinois schools to hold shooting safety drills

Local school districts will now be required to conduct safety drills to prepare for a possible shooting under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday.

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At retooled summer schools, creativity, not just catch-up

Despite continuing budgetary challenges, districts are re-envisioning summer school as something more than a compulsory exercise where students who need to make up lost credits fight to stay awake inside humid classrooms.

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Scott Walker veto further restricts release of data on Wisconsin voucher schools

The state budget expanding taxpayer-funded voucher schools across Wisconsin will put new limits on the release of public data about their performance, with Gov. Scott Walker reshaping those limits Sunday with his veto pen.

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Activists end fast over Philadelphia school cuts

Activists say they are optimistic that the district will rehire staff now that the state and city have come up with some additional money.

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High school student decline a strain for Boston

Boston public high school enrollment is on the slide, leaving nearly 3,000 seats empty and raising questions about possible school closures.

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