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Minnesota pulls in $300 million tax windfall; schools stand to gain

Stronger-than-expected tax collections have left the state with an extra $300 million that could even grow before the fiscal period closes June 30. That is allowing the state to fully replenish its reserves and pay down money it still owes local school districts.

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Tulsa School Board votes to move students around in response to crowding

The Tulsa school board on Monday approved a series of facility-repurposing proposals and boundary changes for 2013-14, including the creation of a McLain seventh-grade center and a centralized enrollment center.

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Richmond School Board votes to close three schools

The Richmond School Board voted 5-4 Monday night to close Clark Springs Elementary School, the Adult Career Development Center and the Norrell pre-school center.

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Disparities in some Colorado teacher evaluations draw fire

Results were mixed at campuses throughout the school district as principals completed the first round of teacher evaluations under a new system that ties pay raises to the ratings.

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Girls are being left out of New York City schools' high-tech revolution

Only about one in four students in many of the public schools’ top tech programs is a girl, a statistic that mirrors women’s participation in tech jobs nationwide.

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Former Baltimore Schools IT chief indicted for kickback scheme

A Georgia grand jury has charged former Baltimore schools information technology chief Jerome Oberlton with seven counts of fraud and other charges related to his tenure with Atlanta Public Schools, during which he and a co-conspirator allegedly took $60,000 in kickbacks and Oberlton's private IT companies took bribes for awarding $700,000 to a contractor.

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Senator introduces national education measure

On Tuesday, Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, introduced the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013. It is an updated version of the 48-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that governs all public schools that receive federal money to support the most vulnerable students among the poor, racial minorities, learners of the English language and the disabled.

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78% of kids from closing Chicago schools already signed up at new schools

About 78 percent of Chicago Public Schools students from facilities set to close have now signed up for their new “welcoming schools,” the school district announced Monday. Of the 11,800 students attending closing schools, about 9,200 have enrolled in new schools, the district reports.

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Report shows Michigan schools only graduating 52 percent of special education students

The target graduation rate for special-needs students with individual education plans is 80 percent, a goal that 130 school districts and charter schools met or exceeded. A total of 59 districts and charter schools had 100 percent graduation rates for special-needs students in 2010-11.

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Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signs education reform bill

The legislation encourages school districts to adopt new career ladders and evaluations for teachers by giving districts that chose to do so roughly $300 more per student to help pay for the costs of implementing the new programs.

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