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MIT Launches Free Online 'Fully Automated' Course

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world's top-rated universities, has announced its first free course which can be studied and assessed completely online.

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Obama Proposes 2.5% Increase in Spending on Education

President Barack Obama asked for almost $70 billion in education spending, a 2.5 percent increase over last year, while he cut several other agencies’ requests.

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In Most Bay Area Schools, High-profile School Reform Ideas Remain Hypothetical

Members and supporters of the Oakland teachers union picketed outside the Paramount Theatre this week. Michelle Rhee, one of the nation's most prominent school reformers, was about to address a sold-out crowd of 3,000 about the failures of the nation's education system and the importance of effective teachers.

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Proposal Would Have Ill. Schools Take on Teacher Pensions

As suburban school officials remain skittish about the idea of paying more toward teachers’ retirements, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said a proposal he’s considering would spare local districts the cost of covering the immense pension debt the state has racked up.

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Tuba Thieves Swarm Calif. Schools

High schools across Southern California are being raided by thieves searching for a very specific and peculiar item—a tuba. Just last weekend Bell High School lost two King brass sousaphones, each valued at $6,000, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Schools on Military Bases Could Close Under Defense Cuts

If massive Defense Department cuts go through next year, little-noticed potential victims on the chopping block include the schools on military bases in the U.S. and abroad.

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Special Ed Gets Fresh Look in Minnesota Schools

Nancy Cooley has spent 20 years helping struggling young readers build a foundation for academic success.

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Florida Offers Look at Problems with NCLB

By almost any measure, Norma Butler Bossard Elementary is a top performing school in Miami: It has consistently been rated an 'A' by the state, and students have achieved high scores on Florida's standardized math and reading exams.

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With Ed Law Waived, 'Focus is No Longer on Test'

Georgia and nine other states last week were released from requirements of No Child Left Behind, a landmark federal education law some say created a national testing craze by requiring students meet increasing academic goals year after year.

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Mich. Website Allows Comparisons of Schools, Districts and Charters

Buying a home is the biggest investment most Michiganders will ever make. And a good many prospective homebuyers will want to know what kind of education their child will receive from a local school system before buying a home.

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