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Baltimore Chief Alonso Resigns

Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso, whose bold yet divisive reforms led to a drastic shift in the city's educational landscape, will step down June 30, school board Chairman Neil Duke has confirmed.

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Newark Charter Embroiled in Controversy

Now in its sixth year, the Adelaide L. Sanford Charter School was supposed to be a better place for hundreds of kids in a district that has long failed its students. However, an examination of the school and its leadership reveals a faltering institution that provides bare-bones learning facilities while using millions of dollars in state and federal aid, bolstering a real estate fiefdom controlled by the school’s founder, Fredrica Bey.

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Stories of Struggle and Creativity as Sequestration Cuts Hit Home

The $85 billion in federal budget cuts known as sequestration are beginning to be felt far from the nation’s capital. Facing the task of cutting 142 children from the Head Start program in Colorado Springs this fall, the teachers and administrators came up with a creative response: Have the children decorate empty chairs, then sell them for $500 apiece to stave off the worst of the across-the-board federal cuts heading their way.

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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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