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A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later

Industry experts gathered to discuss what has changed--and hasn’t--since “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform” was published

Boston to Boost Scrutiny of School Workers’ Records

Boston Public Schools, in a push to beef up background checks on employees, will meet the requirements of a new state law mandating that all staff be fingerprinted, and will go a step further by scouring court documents to see if a string of “nonconvictions” is a sign of questionable character.

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Indiana School Districts Study Changes in State Funding

The superintendent is examining projected school funding projections for 2014-15 within the recently adopted state budget. His Munster district can expect a funding hike of 2 percent next year and 1.4 percent in 2015. In dollars, it amounts to per pupil funding of $5,643 in 2014 and $5,719 in 2015.

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Montgomery County (Md.) Residents Fighting School District on School Site

The 13.4 acres in question on Saul Road has been at the center of the dispute between neighbors and the district. MCPS spokesman Dana Tofig said the district owns that land as a school site, and gave it over to the Parks Department under the condition it would have it back if they needed to build a school.

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Dexter (Maine) Schools Looking to Lend its Curriculum to Chinese Schools

This school year, Dexter started its international student program and brought six students from China to Dexter Regional High School.

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Ky. Education Department Moves to Paper Tests

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Education Department sent an email to testing coordinators on Saturday saying that ACT Inc. was suspending the online system on Monday.

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Local School Board Considers Joining New La. School District Co-op

The St. Tammany Parish School Board took a step Thursday toward joining a cooperative of Louisiana school districts created in response to sweeping education programs, changes that many educators statewide complain were handed down without their input.

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Pa. Auditor General Rips Reading School District

DePasquale announced the findings of a major audit of the district during a morning press conference. The findings include of lack of proper accounting processes and policies that have put the district in financial turmoil.

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Critics Question Common Core Ed standards at St. Louis County Meeting

Maureen Clancy-May, an area supervisor with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, told the crowd of about 150 that the standards were developed by states to better prepare students for the global economy and for college.

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Special Ed: Calif. Parents' Lawsuit Could Force Expansion of Programs

The suit, joined by parents throughout the state, asserts that California is shirking its responsibility to ensure disabled students receive what's federally guaranteed -- a free and appropriate education. A federal district judge in Sacramento five weeks ago cleared the way for the suit to proceed.

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