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US State Headed for Another Debate Over Evolution

The central state of Kansas, which has attracted international attention and some ridicule for its debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools, is headed toward another showdown on the subject.

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High Schools Go Green to Save Some Green

Schools may be closed for summer vacation, but they aren't getting a break from funding cuts. In fact, lawmakers in many state capitals aren't arguing over whether to trim education funding, but how much to cut.

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Cost of Prekindergarten Special Education Is Soaring in NYC

New York City is paying private contractors more than $1 billion this year to operate a little-known special education program for 3- and 4-year-olds, nearly double the amount it paid six years ago.

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Des Moines School Board Under Fire After Sebring Scandal

Parents and community members are urging greater accountability from the Des Moines school board, with some demanding an investigation into the influence former superintendent Nancy Sebring asserted over elected officials.

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Gets A Four-Year Extension of His Contract.Education

At its regular meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously agreed to award Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday a four-year extension of his contract.

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Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Education Dept. Must Cooperate with Vermont

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today told U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that it is unacceptable to exclude Vermont and many other rural states from a major federal grant program.

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Passing Standards on New High School Tests Called 'Inadequate'

Texas high school students can pass most of the state's new end-of-course exams this year by answering fewer than half the questions correctly, prompting concerns that the initial standards are not tough enough.

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Kansas Awaits Word on No Child Left Behind Waiver

The head of the Kansas Department of Education said Wednesday it's not certain that the state will be granted its waiver request from the federal government for more flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Paul Vallas, for Sale

A veteran superintendent who has led turnaround efforts in four large U.S. districts has started a new venture that he expects will broaden his reach.

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Paul Vallas for Sale

A veteran superintendent who has led turnaround efforts in four large U.S. districts has started a new venture that he expects will broaden his reach.

The Vallas Group, headed by Paul Vallas, former head of the Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans Recovery districts and currently interim superintendent of the Bridgeport (Conn.) Public Schools, is partnering with Dallas-based Cambium Learning Group to bring his school improvement model to more schools in the nation. With experience on projects in Haiti and Chile, Vallas may even bring the model to other countries as well.

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