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Chicago Board of Education to vote on proposal to close 53 schools amid failing enrollment

The Chicago Board of Education was expected to take a final vote Wednesday on whether to close 53 schools, an ambitious proposal that sparked protests and lawsuits and could help define — for better or worse — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's term in office.

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Fla. State Board of Education to get legislative update

Members of Florida's State Board of Education are getting an update on a series of education measures that were passed by the Florida Legislature this session.

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Some schools building tornado-proof safe rooms

Classes were out when the Sunday tornadoes decimated Joplin in 2011, but on Monday, the schools in Moore, Okla., were in. Seven children died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, some of them drowning after a pipe burst in the basement where they hid.

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Legislature may ditch takeover proposal for Columbus schools

As hearings start this week on a Columbus school-district reform bill, an earlier proposal allowing for a state takeover of the state’s largest district is likely to vanish.

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Michigan Department of Education considering Buena Vista schools for emergency financial review

Although school is back in session at Buena Vista schools, a state takeover is still on the table for the Saginaw County district.

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Baltimore school system passes $1.2B budget

The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.

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North Carolina voucher bill provides public money for private schools

Lawmakers are pushing what they call the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that would give parents up to $4,200 in vouchers to send their children to private schools.

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Fewer than 5 Chicago schools expected to be spared

Pressured for months by teachers, community leaders and aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board is nonetheless expected on Wednesday to approve closing all but a few of the 53 elementary schools the administration wants to shut down.

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NCLB waivers granted to Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia by Education Department

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement plans.

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Get ready for NextGen Science

Recognizing that American K12 students have fallen behind foreign students in their grasp of scientific principles, educators have devised a new set of teaching guidelines that will radically change the way science is taught in classrooms across the United States—including recommendations that climate change and evolution be taught as core elements of scientific knowledge.

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