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Science Education is a Matter of National Concern, Dow CEO Andrew Liveris Says

Dow Chemical Co. Chief Executive Officer and Chair Andrew Liveris on Thursday took part in an online conference and discussion on the future of science education in America.

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Washington House GOP Puts Education First in its Spending Plan

Republican Party leaders in the Washington state House refused to say what significant cuts they would make to the safety net, higher education or other programs to offset what they add to K-12.

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Ga. Vote Gives OK to Constitutional Amendment Helping Charter Schools

Charter school supporters claimed a first-round victory late in their fight to override last year's Georgia Supreme Court ruling, declaring that the state cannot approve and fund charter schools over local school board objections.

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Vt. Senate Panel Urged to Expand School Choice

A committee of the Vermont Senate heard from parents and educators who want to expand the limited school choice now available in the state.

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Bloomberg Spares Education Department from Budget Cuts

For the first time in three years, New York City teachers are not being threatened with layoffs, “unless something dramatic happens,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, announcing his preliminary budget.

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Malloy Proposes $12 Million For Early Education

Standing near the slide at a school playground in West Hartford, Conn., Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday outlined a $12 million proposal to increase access to preschool and improve the quality of early childhood programs.

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Testing Has Become a 'Perversion,' Texas Education chief Robert Scott Says

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott must feel a bit misunderstood. He's getting both praise and heavy criticism for railing about what's gone wrong with standardized testing in Texas public schools.

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Lottery Money Dwindles for High-Performing Schools

A special lottery fund created to reward Florida schools for boosting grades has been cut to the point that the state Department of Education wasn't sure there would be enough to go around this year.

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Cash-Strapped CPS Spends Millions on Workers for Unused Sick and Vacation Days

The cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools system spends tens of millions of dollars annually on a perk that few other employers offer: cash to departing employees for unused time off.

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Obama Administration Urges Educators to Go Digital

Speaking at the 2011 Techonomy conference, Sean Parker of Founders Fund made a strong case for the need to technologize education, commenting, “Literally anything you want to know from any perspective is available on the Internet, and I think the way to take advantage of that is to teach kids how to learn differently. Kids aren’t being taught how to learn in an environment where information is provided in a nonlinear fashion and it’s not condensed into a textbook.”

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