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Shrinking population, heavy debt make turnaround tough for Detroit schools

Michigan’s governor on July 15 appointed a seasoned financial guru to run Detroit’s ailing public school district, a move that many observers hailed as a saving grace for the city's classrooms in decline. Three days later, Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

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Charter schools — a report card

What can the education world conclude about charter schools after their first couple of decades in existence? Something so simple that it's almost earth-shattering.

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Money for NYC charter schools balloons during Mayor Bloomberg's tenure

Charter school funding, set by the state, has risen from about $32 million to about $659 million over a decade as the mayor increased their number.

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Bankrupt in Philadelphia: Could this happen to your school district?

The Philadelphia district has been in trouble for 10 years. But such dire financial straits could occur in any U.S. school district as the influence of charter schools mixed with funding cuts for traditional public schools combine for a perfect storm of financial distress.

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Centinela Valley (Calif.) high school district to open two charter schools for wayward adults

The Centinela Valley Union High School District is opening two charter schools that will cater to adults -- one for inmates of the Los Angeles County jail system and the other for people who have dropped out of high school.

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Connnecticut charter school group gears up to lower suspension rate

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.

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North Bennington (Vt.) school goes independent

Residents of North Bennington, Vt. voted three times to close their public school and establish a new, independent academy, North Bennington Village School, in the old school building. That school is taking shape and plans to open in the fall.

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Arizona districts convert schools to charters for more money

Amid run-of-the-mill agenda items recognizing volunteers and approving playground renovations, the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board last month quietly made a significant change: It converted one-third of its elementary schools to charter schools.

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Bethlehem (Pa.) district doesn't want charter school to receive TIF dollars

Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District officials are disappointed that a city charter school is relocating into a special tax district aimed at boosting the economic redevelopment on former Bethlehem Steel land, and officials don't want the money the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority receives through a special tax deal going toward building the new school.

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Norfolk (Va.) plans to convert 10 schools into public charters

Superintendent Samuel King is rapidly moving forward with an ambitious plan to transform the school division by converting 10 existing schools into public charters and creating an open campus high school.

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