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Lake Forest High in Session Despite Strike

Despite a teachers strike, Lake Forest High School opened Monday with certified teachers, non-certified teacher assistants and community volunteers.

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School Reform Commission Moves to Cover Deficit with $300M Loan

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Monday to borrow $300 million to bridge a massive deficit, emphasizing the bond deal will probably be the district's last for several years. In a brief, sober meeting, the commission approved a tough five-year financial plan for the district as a prelude to the bond sale to cover a deficit of more than $200 million in the current $2.5 billion budget, as well as a shortfall anticipated in the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

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N.Y.Times Education Confab Ends in Zero

After a full day of discussions about public education among a select group of establishment educators and allied think-tank types, the best recommendation they could all come up with is the need for more “effective teachers.”

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Royse City (Texas) School District Receives $100,000 for Technology Lending Program

More than 100 Royse City eighth grade science students will participate in a technology lending program soon, thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded recently to the Royse City Independent School District. State grant funds will be used to purchase Intel Classmate Touch Netbooks for a teacher and approximately 115 students.

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Charter-School Amendment Not about Charter Schools

According to its backers, the proposed charter-school amendment on the ballot in November is intended to empower parents. As Gov. Nathan Deal put it back in May, “Georgians all across this state embrace the idea that parents should have more options and that parents should be more involved in the process of the education of their children.”

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Oil-boom Wealth a Mixed Blessing for Eagle Ford’s School Districts

Million-dollar homes and leafy boulevards once were the surest sign that you lived in a rich Texas school district. Now add drilling rigs, dusty roads and overnight trailer parks.

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Baltimore City Schools Hires Test Security Company to Alleviate Cheating

The Baltimore school system has hired a leading data forensics company to review thousands of state assessment results dating to 2009 — a third-party analysis that school officials say is needed to inject fairness into investigations of alleged cheating.

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Schools Should Prepare for Allergies

In a typical classroom of 20 children, one is likely to have a food allergy that could cause a severe reaction. And one in six children with a food allergy will have his or her first allergic reaction at school.

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Calif. Illegal Immigrants Ask for School Records

Thousands of Los Angeles illegal immigrants have inundated the nation's second-largest school district for copies of records that might qualify them for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Classes Resumed Monday at Lake Forest High School -- Without Teachers

Lake Forest High School, despite a teachers strike, was planning to reopen school Monday with administrators, substitute teachers and community volunteers offering students a variety of educational programs, parents were told during a meeting Sunday.

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