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Education Debates in N.J. Around For-Profits Miss Big Picture

The debate over digital-learning opportunities continues to heat up in New Jersey.

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Fla. Ed Board OKs Race-based Academic Plan

The Florida Department of Education has touched off a firestorm over its strategic plan that will judge the achievement of public school students in part by race and ethnicity.

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Va. Schools Aim to Whittle Proficiency Gap

A total of 32 local schools were among 595 statewide directed by education offi­cials to improve in the wake of new benchmarks aimed at reducing proficiency gaps between low- and high-per­forming schools, Virginia Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

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Stockton (Calif.) Schools Test Muni Market After City Bankruptcy

The public school district that serves Stockton, California, which became the biggest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy in June, plans to issue $45 million in debt as soon as next week in its first sale since the municipality sought Chapter 9 protection.

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S.C. District Officials to Study Educational Practices in China

Four Horry County Schools officials will head to China next month as part of a program where they will learn about the country’s educational system while establishing connections meant to reach into local classrooms.

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Oakland, Calif. School Board Race Could Hinge on Court Ruling

Alice Spearman has represented District 7 -- East Oakland-Elmhurst -- on the Oakland school board since 2005. She'll serve another four years if she can win enough votes or persuade the courts to disqualify her opponent, James Harris.

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Calif. County Earthquakes Highlight Unresolved School Risks

The swarm of earthquakes that rippled through Imperial County in late August has exposed more fissures in the state's system for identifying and fixing school buildings considered structurally unsound.

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Tenn. Community Groups Endorse School Tax Hike

Hoping to inspire voters in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County to support public education as strongly as suburban voters have embraced municipal school districts, a coalition of community organizations endorsed the half-cent sales tax referendum Wednesday.

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Ill. Teachers Lack Bilingual Training

Few Illinois teachers are trained to educate English-language learners and only a small number are interested in obtaining the credentials to work with these children, a study has found.

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Neb. Department of Ed to Create Arts Standards

Thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, the state will develop its first standards for the visual and performing arts.

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