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Enrollment Off in Big Districts, Forcing Layoffs

Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings that have destabilized neighborhoods and caused layoffs of essential staff.

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New Federal Student Aid Website Launched

Caught in a maze of federal student aid issues? Need help? The United States Department of Education announced on July 20th, 2012, the launch of a fresh, streamlined website and several, social media tools, all designed to make it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college.

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Judge Tells Birmingham School Board to Stop Interfering in State Takeover After Alabama Files Suit

A judge signed a temporary restraining order today telling the Birmingham Board of Education that it must stop interfering with the state school superintendent's takeover of the school system, as a new front opened in the legal battle between state and Birmingham school boards.

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Tulsa Public Schools to Lose $1.75M With New Flat Education Budget

Oklahoma school district leaders were expecting to see the same funds as last year during the upcoming school year, but a state Department of Education announcement this week delivered some unwelcome news.

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Torrington Conn. Board of Ed. Exploring Charter School Inside Torrington High

A new Connecticut law allowing local and regional boards of education to establish a charter school within their district has Torrington officials making plans to bring a magnet school into Torrington High School within a year.

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Ga. Freezes Funds for School District

The Georgia Department of Education says it’s freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues.

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S.C. Schools Chief Calls Waiver From Federal Provisions an Opportunity to Transform Education

A waiver from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education in South Carolina, said state schools Superintendent Mick Zais. 

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Florida DOE Revises School Grades

On Friday, July 20, 2012, the Florida Department of Education notified 40 superintendents around the State of Florida about preliminary revisions to the initial school grades released earlier this month.

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Dropout Rate in Texas Shows Positive Signs

When it comes to the number of students who graduate from its public high schools, Texas is not accustomed to being called a success.

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Ankeny (Iowa) School District Sues Former Superintendent

The Ankeny (Iowa) School District has filed a lawsuit against its former superintendent, claiming he misled officials about whether he had a new job lined up when he negotiated a $176,000 exit agreement.

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