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Former Atlanta schools tech director under federal investigation

A former Atlanta schools technology chief has resigned his job with a Dallas school district amid a federal investigation stemming from his time in Atlanta.

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Minneapolis schools, teachers union embark on high stakes hearts-and-minds campaigns

Contract negotiations between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and its teachers union have yet to start, but the campaign to win the hearts and minds of the city’s residents has been in full swing for weeks. For both sides, the stakes could not be higher.

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Some Ill. schools breaking medical law protecting young diabetics

It’s serious allegation, made by health care professionals: Many schools in the Chicago area are not obeying one Illinois law, and that could be putting some students in jeopardy.

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Sequester cuts gut schools serving neediest students

Districts across the country are trying desperately to plug the holes in their budgets left by sequestration.

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Hillsborough (Fla.) starts early, sinks resources into turnaround schools

Angela Vickers has one of the toughest jobs in the Hillsborough County school district. She's principal of a middle school, arguably the hardest age to teach. And by state standards, hers is the lowest-performing among more than 200 schools.

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Towns nationwide, including Maine district, seek expanded police presence in schools

In the wake of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — in which a lone gunman slaughtered 20 children and six faculty members at a school in Newtown, Conn. — federal officials are expecting a big spike in funding applications for armed, accredited police officers in America’s schools.

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So bake sales are taboo?

Bake sales struggle after New York City Department of Education, as part of an anti-obesity drive, began restricting what could be sold in machines and in fund-raising events held in schools.

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Protests fail to deter Chicago from shutting 49 schools

Officials here in the third-largest district in the country voted, after an emotional meeting, to close 49 public schools that they said were not being fully used.

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Florida releases FCAT scores

Fewer than 60 percent of Florida’s third-graders — 57 percent — are reading at or above grade level, according to FCAT results released Friday morning. The figure represents a slight increase from last year’s 56 percent.

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Guess how Baltimore City Schools spent federal stimulus money?

Dinner cruises. Fried chicken and biscuits. Theater performances. A mother/daughter makeover. Such were activities that Baltimore City Schools spent using federal stimulus and Title I funds, a federal audit discovered.

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