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Utah Lawmakers Look to Improve Education

Democratic state lawmakers are entering this year's legislative session with a package of bills they say will raise Utah from the bottom of national public education rankings.

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Wyoming Department of Education Prepares for Second Defense of Budget

Without approval from the Legislature, Wyoming Department of Education officials have diverted funds intended for specific groups of students and programs to a new teacher professional development program.

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Stopping the Bully: Schools Ramping up Education for Staff

New York state is calling on schools to get tough against bullying and, judging from local school districts, the call is being heeded.

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How Schools are Reacting to Apple’s Entry into Education

When Apple announced its textbook initiative, there was a rush of excitement among educators. Textbooks from major publishers, which can cost $40 to $75 dollars in print, would be available as interactive e-books for $15 or less.

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Will Washington State's Education Innovation Include Charter Schools?

Will the fourth time be the charm for charter schools in Washington? Two companion bills are working their ways through Washington's Senate and House to create charter schools and "Transformation Zone Districts."

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Opinion: Should N.C. Raise Sales Tax to Help Education? No

Last week, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue proposed an increase in the state sales tax, taking more than $800 million out of the pockets of North Carolinians. She tries to sell the plan as a tool for education funding, but she fails to offer any meaningful strategy ensuring the money will be spent wisely.

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Maine Education Chief Calls for Statewide Teacher Evaluation Standards

A plan to strengthen K-12 education, released earlier this week, sets many ambitious deadlines. By the end of the 2012 legislative session for example, Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen wants lawmakers to agree on tough expectations that Maine teachers must meet to be considered effective in the classroom.

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L.I. Education Guru Hit by Gov. Cuomo Defends her Income

The Long Island education consultant singled out by Gov. Cuomo for raking in millions from the state insisted she’s done nothing wrong — and defended her money-making business.

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Making Longer School Day Happen May Have a Budget-Busting Price Tag

Six months after barely closing a $712 million deficit, Chicago Public Schools officials have spent nearly $10 million that has not yet been budgeted in their aggressive push to lengthen the school day.

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New York City Says It Will Focus on College Readiness

The latest statistic bedeviling New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s efforts to show progress in the city’s public schools during his tenure is a startling, but well-known one: one out of every four students who entered high school in 2007, and graduated four years later, was not ready for college-level work.

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