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New Alabama law labels special schools as 'failing'

Four public schools statewide that teach only special-needs students wound up classified as "failing" under Republican-backed legislation enacted this year.

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Montgomery County (Md.) test performance drops, but schools say tests are misaligned

MCPS and the Maryland State Department of Education said the test is not yet aligned with new Common Core State Standards some school systems, including Montgomery, are already implementing.

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Closure of seven Sacramento schools upheld

A federal judge on Monday denied a bid by parents seeking to prevent Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary campuses.

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Hillsborough County (Fla.) plans two new schools, three school renovations

Hillsborough County's school district will build an elementary and middle school in the southeastern part of the county and is renovating three elementaries this year.

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Trial begins for ex-Pittsburgh schools cop accused of sexual abuse of middle school students

Instead of using his badge, uniform and handcuffs to protect and serve, Robert Lellock used them to threaten, blackmail and victimize four troubled students at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in the late 1990s, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Textbook publishers revamp e-books to fight used market

Increasingly, publishers like Pearson Plc and McGraw-Hill Education are turning to a new model: Creating online versions of their texts, often loaded with interactive features, and selling students access codes that expire at semester's end.

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Philadelphia School District to release report on cheating investigation at 19 schools

The Philadelphia School District plans to release a report on its investigation of adult cheating on standardized tests in 19 city schools that will give a sense of the scope of the problem and say how many educators will face disciplinary charges.

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Shrinking population, heavy debt make turnaround tough for Detroit schools

Michigan’s governor on July 15 appointed a seasoned financial guru to run Detroit’s ailing public school district, a move that many observers hailed as a saving grace for the city's classrooms in decline. Three days later, Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

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Children headed elsewhere as two Michigan school districts are dissolved

The communities of Buena Vista and Inkster today became the first that will see their school systems dissolved under a new law after local officials missed a 5 p.m. deadline to find money to help operate next school year.

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Boston principal plagiarized Forbes column

A newly appointed Boston middle school principal, hoping to inspire her staff to take risks for success and to learn from one another, extensively plagiarized a Forbes magazine column on leadership in her first memo to the staff.

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