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Wash. Board of Education to Draft Rules for Charter Schools

The Washington State Board of Education is getting ready to take the next step toward opening Washington's first charter schools.

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Minn. School District Plans $3.8 Million Technology Update

As part of a three-year cycle of technology upgrades, the district plans to purchase 4,020 computers, 20 percent of which will be portable devices and mini-laptops.

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Education Reform Leader Michelle Rhee Lists Goals in Tenn.

National education reform movement leader and part-time Tennessee resident Michelle Rhee is urging state lawmakers to create a statewide charter school authorizer, adopt a parent trigger law and give vouchers to some students.

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Newtown BOE Seeks Concrete Commitment on Police Presence at Schools

The Newtown Board of Education is likely to seek a more concrete commitment from the town and the Police Department to maintain the minimum two-officers-per-school police coverage that's been in place since the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

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Ill. Schools Take Precautions Against Flu Outbreak

Quincy Public School officials say they are taking precautions as we head into the peak of flu season.

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Back to Year-Round Schools? Calif. District Weighs Options for Crowded Campuses

The Clark County School District hosted a town hall-style meeting Monday night to discuss possible solutions to school overcrowding, including major rezoning, moving to double-sessions and reverting to a year-round calendar.

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Chicago Faulted on Learning Disabilities

In a complaint filed on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Education, a nonprofit advocacy group says Chicago Public Schools have repeatedly failed to evaluate children with disabilities and move them into special education preschool programs.

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Threat Prompted Lockdown of Steubenville (Ohio) Schools

All district schools in Steubenville, Ohio -- center of a highly charged teen rape case -- were under precautionary lockdown for about 90 minutes Tuesday because of a shooting threat made on social media, WTOV-TV reports.

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Calif. Schools Flunk Education Group's Ratings

California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group.

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Racial Divide Seen in Miss. Debate Over Charter Schools, Reform

This winter, charter supporters will make their fifth attempt in five years to bring charters to Mississippi, one of a dwindling number of states without a real charter school law.

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