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Houston ISD board rejects bids for high school property

The Houston school board voted unanimously to reject both bids to buy the desirable inner-city High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice property. Trustees did not comment immediately on the vote, but the deal had been controversial, pitting nearby St. Thomas High School against a private investment group and worrying supporters of the Houston Independent School District campus.

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A takeover of a failing Philadelphia school produces successful results

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, the police predicted chaos. But instead, results show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.

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Hope grows from a tree at tornado-stricken school in Oklahoma

The tree at Plaza Towers Elementary School has leaves again. They jut out in all the wrong places, sprouting from spindly shoots on the disfigured skeleton of what was once a magnificent thornless honeylocust tree. But the leaves are there, green and alive—and for the teachers at this school, that's enough.

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New Jersey musicians open digital music school

When Sean Killary and Sam Morgan graduated from the Berklee College of Music, they said they wanted to create a place for young musicians to hang out. So they opened a music-teaching studio in downtown Millburn (N.J.) and each room is packed with digital technology so students can learn while recording their work.

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New Jersey tech specialists come together for professional development

At this year’s “Weathering the Storm with Optimism” conference of New Jersey school administrators, Paul Pineiro, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and program for the Westfield Public Schools presented an overview of the “Walls to Windows” initiative and discussed the professional development roles of the district's two master technology teachers.

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New York suburb recruits students from other schools

The Blind Brook-Rye public school district, just outside New York City, seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college, including many in the Ivy League. What it hasn't always had in recent years is enough students. So the district is recruiting from neighboring districts whose families are willing to pay tuition of more than $20,000 a year to have their children attend a public school.

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DC mayor emphasizes continuity in first education address

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.

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Russell County Middle School on Alabama's failing schools list

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

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California elementary school to be named for Michelle Obama

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to name an area elementary school in first lady Michelle Obama’s honor. The name was selected for Mrs. Obama's support of a healthy, active lifestyle, after which the school models itself.

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Chicago union chief faults ‘rich white people’ for city’s education mess

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

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