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Judge extends restraining order for East Detroit Schools

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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A judge has extended a restraining order that prevents Gary Jensen from taking control of four East Detroit Public Schools until at least July 28, when a hearing is scheduled. The original restraining order was issued earlier this month preventing the state from appointing the former Montcalm County high school principal as CEO for the schools. Read more […]

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Indianapolis may close low-enrollment high schools

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Indiana  /  No Comments

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Indianapolis secondary schools have only half as many students as open seats, and the city is planning to remove middle school students from high schools, making these schools more empty.

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Number of LA teachers in detention on the rise, as taxpayers foot ‘prohibitively expensive’ bill

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  California, Education, News  /  No Comments

Eighteen percent of Pittsburgh teachers were chronically absent last year.

A year ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it was taking steps to reduce the number of teachers relegated to “rubber rooms” — a derisive term for the place where school staff members land when accused of misconduct of one kind or another and are deemed unfit to be around students. A year later, there […]

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Charter school expansion campaign launched in Massachusetts

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Education, Massachusetts, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Great Schools Massachusetts, a pro-charter school group, collected and delivered more than 20,000 signatures in support of lifting the public charter school cap in the state. Voters will decide the issue in November. Current law caps the number of charter schools at 120. Voting “yes” on the ballot question would allow either for up to […]

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On Capitol Hill, parents share virtual success stories

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Education, Michigan, National, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

Thompson family from North Carolina met with Sen. Richard Burr.

In light of growing skepticism of virtual schools’ value, parents from 27 states gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to make sure lawmakers know that the increasingly controversial educational choice has helped many of them overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Stay-at-home mom Aley Minton’s 13-year-old son has dyslexia; he started fifth grade at the first-grade level. Since attending Michigan Connections […]

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Sparking an education savings account debate in Wisconsin

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The authors of a new report on what other states have learned about education savings accounts hope it will spark a debate among Wisconsin lawmakers on adding ESAs to the school choice menu in the Badger State. “We want it to be a starting off point to have this discussion here in Wisconsin and make sure […]

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