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Ex-teacher, principal picked to lead NYC schools

A former teacher, principal and longtime advocate of early childhood education will be the next leader of the nation's largest public school system, New York City's incoming mayor announced Monday. Carmen Farina, also a former deputy chancellor of city schools, will…

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Miss. may see short fall in education funding in 2014

Mississippi's Adequate Education Program may once again see a short fall in funding this upcoming fiscal year. MPB's Paul Boger reports state education officials are trying to persuade legislators to ramp-up the programs budget.  When the MAEP was passed in…

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California charter caters to home-schooled students

It’s a truism that a child’s most important teacher is his or her parent, but one charter school here uses that mantra literally, as a blueprint to reconnect one group of families that have become disengaged from public schools: home…

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Grand Rapids schools look for arts education renaissance

A new Grand Rapids Public Schools program that marries the fine arts with traditional academics by partnering with West Michigan’s cultural institutions and Grand Valley State University is trying to buck a statewide slip in dedicated arts education.

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What to watch for when congress writes edu-spending bills

Think education advocates work is all done now that Congress is all done with the big budget deal? Think again. Now that lawmakers have decided to largely roll back sequestration (those automatic across-board cuts to education spending) for two years, advocates…

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Crazy Horse program jump starts college careers

An annual summer education program at the Crazy Horse Memorial aimed at Native American high school graduates is giving participants a jump start on their college careers. About 68 percent of the students who have attended Indian University of North America…

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Mississippi children learn with blues curriculum

In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression. Their…

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‘Small typo’ casts big doubt on teacher evaluations

A single missing suffix among thousands of lines of programming code led a public school teacher in Washington, D.C., to be erroneously fired for incompetence, three teachers to miss out on $15,000 bonuses and 40 others to receive inaccurate job…

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Washington D.C. schools gave 44 teachers mistaken evaluations

Forty four teachers in Washington, DC received erroneous performance evaluations last year because of faulty calculations of their contribution to student improvement under the District’s value-added evaluation system. One of those teachers was fired because of a low rating. A…

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