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New Jersey Bullying Law in Effect Today

Under a new state law in New Jersey, lunch-line bullies in the East Hanover schools can be reported to the police by their classmates this fall through anonymous tips to the Crimestoppers hot line.

In Elizabeth, children, including kindergartners, will spend six class periods learning, among other things, the difference between telling and tattling.

And at North Hunterdon High School, students will be told that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander when it comes to bullying: if they see it, they have a responsibility to try to stop it.

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Special Needs Agencies Faulted

More than two decades of failed oversight have allowed the state?s special education collaboratives to misspend millions of taxpayer dollars, according to the state auditor?s office, which has found a pattern of excessive salaries, conflicts of interest, and possible pension law violations at six of the 30 publicly funded agencies.

?These common findings are indicative of a system that?s lacking in standards and oversight and is easily manipulated by folks who are not putting the interests of taxpayers and special needs kids first,?? Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said yesterday.

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Irene Delays Opening Of Schools Across East Coast

WHITMAN, Mass. -- Parents may be ready to send their kids back to school, but some schools aren't ready to take them back.

Power failures, flooding, road closures and other problems left by Irene have led some superintendents in New England and elsewhere in the East to delay the start of school.

Parents have had to scramble to find child care for kids who were supposed to be in school but now will be hanging around the house longer than expected.

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Budget Cuts Force California to Pull Back on Anti-Cheating Efforts

Only after the governor ordered an independent examination did Georgia officials catch widespread cheating by teachers, principals and administrators on standardized tests in the Atlanta Public Schools system.

The resulting scandal has sparked resignations, a criminal investigation and a wave of other state inquiries into possible test tampering.

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Connecticut Tells 11 Towns They Must Increase Education Spending

Officials at the State Department of Education are notifying officials in 11 cities and towns that they are in violation of state law setting minimum spending requirements for education and that they must increase their school appropriations for the current fiscal year."If they don't comply soon then we will have to figure out what the next step is," said Brian Mahoney, the longtime chief financial officer for the SDE.

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Daniels Fund Promises up to $530,000 to Help Denver Schools in Voucher Case

The Daniels Fund, known across the West for helping send needy and deserving kids to college, has agreed to pay much of the legal bill for the Douglas County School District as the district fights to keep its voucher program alive.

The fund's initial gift of $330,000 will pay the district's legal tab to date, district officials confirmed.

In addition, the fund has offered a matching grant of $200,000 for what is expected to be the ongoing cost of the legal battle. To collect that money, the district will have to raise an additional $200,000.

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Massachusetts Special Education Funds Misspent, Auditor Calls For Collaborative Reform

Massachusetts' state auditor is calling for sweeping reform of oversight and financial accountability for the state's 30 special education agencies after her office found that several of the collaboratives had misused millions of public dollars.

An audit of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative, READS Collaborative and the Southeastern Massachusetts Education Collaborative by State Auditor Suzanne Bump revealed patterns of lavish spending and salaries, conflicts of interest and overall systemic problems in standards, oversight and accountability.

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Can John Covington Save Detroit Schools?

When appointing John Covington chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement System, a plan to transform low-performing schools that will pilot in Detroit before expanding statewide, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signaled his reliance on the new chief to help rescue the state's most distressed students.

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State Senate OKs part of California Dream Act

The college dreams of thousands of students who are illegal immigrants moved closer to fulfillment Wednesday after the state Senate approved a bill that for the first time would give them access to public financial aid.

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At His Charter School, Ex-Union Head Would Target Tenure

A.J. Duffy, who headed a teachers union that has long fought against charter schools, now is starting his own. And some of his ideas are going to trouble some educators and his friends in the labor movement.

The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process. He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.

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