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William Penn Foundation Donates $1.5 Million for Phila. School District Restructuring

The William Penn Foundation is donating $1.5 million to help restructure the Philadelphia School District, and officials said Wednesday they thought the move could bring more funds from the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

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Utah House Passes Bill to Allow Schools to Skip Sex Ed

A bill to allow Utah schools to drop sex education classes — and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception in those that keep the courses — moved significantly closer to becoming law Wednesday. The House passed HB363 by a 45-28 vote after a late-afternoon debate that centered largely on lawmakers’ differing definitions of morality.

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Grading Teachers Sparks Conflict as States Vie for Grants

David Wright, a high school technology teacher in Middletown, Delaware, has never taught reading or math. Even so, the state planned to judge his job performance partly on student test scores in those subjects.

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Chicago Shake-Up Targets 17 Schools

This city's school board voted Wednesday to shake up the teaching staffs at 17 low-performing public schools, handing Mayor Rahm Emanuel a victory in his battle with the teachers union and highlighting an increasingly aggressive stance on education overhauls by a number of Democratic mayors nationwide.

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Can Charters and Equity Goals Coexist?

While our society is more diverse than ever before, schools are more segregated today than they were 30 years ago.

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Report: Crime at US Public Schools on the Decline

Violent crime at the nation's schools is declining, and students and schools are reporting less bullying and gang activity. But new government data reports an increase in cyber bullying and youth suicides.

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Commission May Decide Fate of Regional Superintendents in Illinois

Regional Superintendent Gil Morrison called the past few months draining and exhausting.

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Ouster of Superintendent to Cost District

The decision to suspend the first-year superintendent at the South Conejos School District has angered parents and students and played a partial role in the loss of a $500,000 state grant aimed at improving student achievement.

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N.Y. Education Commissioner Restores SIG Funding for Poughkeepsie

State Education Commissioner John King announced Wednesday that funding has been restored to five school districts, including Poughkeepsie.

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Rick Perry’s Education Numbers Don’t Always Add Up

The governor contends the state is spending about $10,000 per student, which he believes is enough for public education.

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