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Jury in charter fraud trial hears of excess

Jurors in Dorothy June Brown's federal fraud trial heard Tuesday about multiple salaries paid to Brown and money she received from management firms she controlled. Brown is accused of defrauding the four charter schools she founded of $6.7 million and then…

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Arne Duncan schooled in limits of power

Arne Duncan brought the most ambitious reform agenda in years to the Department of Education — and a determination to use every lever of power to accomplish it. The results were stunning: In barely a year, more than 100 state laws…

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Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began…

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Young Navajo leaders claim awards

Nothing gives more pride to Navajo youth than being recognized for their efforts to better the Native American community. A few Navajo youths got that recognition as part of the 2013 American Excellence in Leadership Awards presented by the Phoenix…

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Music training sharpens brain pathways, studies say

New research suggests that the complexity involved in practicing and performing music may help students’ cognitive development. Studies released last month at the Society for Neuroscience meeting here find that music training may increase the neural connections in regions of…

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