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Free Tuition for Michigan Teens? Higher Education Experts Say $1.8B Program Unlikely to Gain Support

In January Michigan senate Democrats unveiled a proposal that would send all Michigan-educated high schoolers to a state university for free.

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Walton Family Foundation Invests $159 Million in K-12 Education Reform in 2011

The Walton Family Foundation announced investments totaling more than $159 million in education reform initiatives for 2011 – the largest single-year investment in education reform.

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Restored Education Funds Fail to Make Up for Earlier Cutbacks

Declining property taxes contributed to a $1.3 billion statewide cut to education last year, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s first year in office.

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Oklahoma Education Department Spent $2.3 million through Slush Fund, Audit Claims

The state Education Department used at least two undisclosed bank accounts as a slush fund for drinks, entertainment, travel and more at state education conferences, spending $2.3 million over the past 10 years, according to an investigative state audit released Wednesday.

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Colo. Lawmakers Want More Oversight for Online Schools

Colorado’s online schools have shown disappointing results.

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Valedictorian Facing Deportation Gets Reprieve in Florida

A Florida high school valedictorian and her sister, who were facing deportation, instead were meeting with with lawmakers Wednesday after being granted a reprieve.

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Wisconsin Assembly Taking Up Special-Needs Education Change

Some students with disabilities in Wisconsin next school year could attend a private or a public school outside their home district with the help of a taxpayer-funded subsidy, under a bill being debated by the state Assembly late Tuesday.

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Utah Lawmakers Pass Abstinence-Only Sex Education Curriculum

The Utah Legislature has passed a controversial bill mandating an abstinence-only sex education curriculum for Utah public schools or allows schools to drop the subject altogether.

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N.Y. Schools Lose $7.5 Million Grant

City Department of Education officials quietly gave back a $7.5 million state schools grant last week because they say they couldn’t reach a required deal with the teachers’ union.

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Dozens Arrested in California Education Protests

A day of boisterous protests over cuts to higher education that included thousands of students swarming the state Capitol ended with dozens of arrests after demonstrators refused to leave the building.

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