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Judge Makes Economic Case for Funding Education

When State District Judge John Dietz sided with school districts in their lawsuit over state funding, he cited three primary reasons to support public education: civic, altruistic and economic.

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Vermont Gov. Pushes Child Care, Early Education Reform

As part of what he calls "a very ambitious education agenda," Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to boost child-care subsidies for lower-income families. But he is taking flak for his proposal to fund that idea: Shumlin wants to "redirect" $16.7 million in state money that's now spent on an earned-income tax credit for low-income residents.

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Education Board Grants Indianapolis Control of Four Schools

Four former Indianapolis Public Schools taken over by the state will now be under the control of Mayor Greg Ballard. During a Wednesday morning meeting, the State Board of Education unanimously approved Ballard’s request to give him authority over the four turnaround schools. The state took control of Arlington, Howe and Manual high schools and Donnan Middle School last summer after the schools consistently scored “F” grades on state report cards.

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Illinois District 86 to Withdraw from Special Education Agency

Following in the footsteps of Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is moving closer to cutting its ties with the La Grange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) cooperative — a move that means it would educate special needs students on its own.

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Boston Mayor Urges Delay in Key School-Assignment Vote

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is asking a special panel he appointed to overhaul the way students are assigned to schools to delay a key vote set for Saturday.

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Va. Assembly OKs Special District for Failing Schools

Both houses of the General Assembly this afternoon passed bills to create a special school district designed to take over and fix failing schools.

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Proposal Boosts N.H. Aid to Charter Schools

Charter school supporters urged New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday to increase state aid to these nontraditional schools.

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Turnaround Leader Ross Leaves Detroit Schools

Doug Ross, hired by Detroit Public Schools to lead its school turnaround program, has left the district after 18 months.

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Feds Propose Ban on Chips, Candy from Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal, congruent with first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to combat childhood obesity, that will essentially ban unhealthy foods from schools nationwide.

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More State Laws for Elementary Schools to Hold Back Struggling Readers

More states aren't promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade.

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