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School tech director indicted in teen rape case

William Rhinamin, the director of technology for Steubenville City Schools, was arrested after he was named in a four-count indictment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The 53-year-old Rhinamin is facing several charges, including tampering with evidence, a third degree felony; obstructing justice, a fifth degree felony; obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor and perjury, a third degree felony.

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Former Australian prime minister to focus on girls' ed in U.S. think tank

Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, has joined the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institution as a non-resident senior fellow, where she will work to advance the center's key initiatives on global education, in particular, for girls in developing countries.

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Teachers union blasts proposed guidelines for school closures

The Chicago Teachers Union blasted proposed guidelines for closing schools that now include shuttering buildings in poor condition, accusing Chicago Public Schools of looking for loopholes in its commitment not to close schools for five years.

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Shutdown forces schools to alter D.C. trip itineraries

Students visiting Washington, D.C., on field trips amid a partial shutdown of the federal government will find many of the most popular sites shuttered.

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Classes begin at N.C. county’s first year-round tech school

Monday, July 22, just a month after being let out of school for the summer, nearly 500 children began attending Northwoods Year-Round School of Technology and Innovation. The Jacksonville, N.C. elementary school is Onslow County’s first year-round, technology-focused school.

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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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Judge orders new Texas school finance trial

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, State District Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6. The suit was filed last summer after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding while simultaneously implementing a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

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Texas district draws complaints for prayer at preschool graduation

A graduation ceremony at a Texas preschool that began with a prayer is drawing criticism from a group advocating for the separation of church and state.

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Former Ohio tech director sentenced in $3.4M theft from district

More than two years after millions of dollars were discovered stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights (Ohio) school district, the pace of action against those accused is quickening in federal and county courts.

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Philadelphia school leaders to vote on 'doomsday' budget

Education officials plan to vote on what critics are calling a 'doomsday' budget, a proposal that would force city schools to open next fall without resources like assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, and music programs.

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