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School Reform is Helping Make D.C. Safer

The nation's capital -- once one of America's most violent urban centers -- now ranks only 16th in the annual Forbes ranking of dangerous U.S. cities. The District has gone from 2,452 violent crimes per 100,000 people to just 1,130. The District had almost 500 homicides in 1991, but the total for this year is projected to be about 100.

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22% of Potential MPS Students Now in Charter Schools

At many traditional public high schools, the last bell of the school day signals the imminent transition to extracurricular activities, from musical rehearsals to sports practices.

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An Apple a Day - iPod Touch Goes to School

When Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead heard a presentation last year by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the benefits of using Apple’s iPod Touch in classrooms, he wanted to know more.

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School District Debt Grows as Enrollment Increases

The Texas Comptroller shined a light on rising school district debt in the state, but local districts said the comptroller’s study left out some key pieces of the puzzle. 

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Boulder Valley School District's Shadowing Ban Riles Parents

Boulder Valley School District is no longer allowing shadowing as fifth-graders and their parents decide where to attend middle school during open enrollment.

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Ed Funding Proposal Allows School Choice, More Online Learning

A draft bill prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder would fundamentally change K-12 education in Michigan, allowing students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn financial incentives of $2,500 per semester for completing high school early.

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Schools Honored for Advanced Placement Success

Three local school districts have been recognized for gains in the number of students who take Advanced Placement courses and perform well in them.

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W.Va. School Board to Discuss Audit Response

The West Virginia Board of Education is preparing its response to a wide-ranging audit of the state's education system and President Wade Linger says his top priority is increasing student achievement.

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Opinion: Newark Teacher Contract Puts City at Forefront of Ed Reform

All eyes were on Newark teachers last week as they voted on a contract that could put the city on the vanguard of the national reform movement. They responded decisively, in a lopsided vote with 62 percent in favor.

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Hearings on D.C. School Closure Plan Begin

The first of two D.C. Council hearings on a plan to close 20 public schools schools started Thursday, while opposition to School Chancellor Kaya Henderson's proposal has started emerging from various quarters.

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