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While Sickouts Close 3 Detroit Schools, Others Manage with Fewer Teachers

At least three school districts in Metro Detroit will be closed Tuesday because many teachers are calling in sick to join union demonstrations in Lansing against the Legislature's expected passage of right-to-work legislation.

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Maine Town Seeks Taxes from Private School

Maine's highest court will hear arguments this week on whether a private boarding school in central Maine should pay property taxes on facilities it rents to outside groups. The town of Hebron is appealing a Superior Court judgment that Hebron Academy is a "literary and scientific" institution and that most of its real estate is exempt from local property taxes.

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Ark. Lawmakers Face Crowded Education Agenda

Court rulings on student transfers and school funding will collide with the desire of charter school and voucher advocates to take advantage of a new Republican majority when Arkansas legislators tackle education issues next year.

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Indiana State Senator Against Changes to Schools Chief

The leader of Indiana's Senate Education Committee said Tuesday that Republicans shouldn't change the state schools superintendent position to one appointed by the governor following the election of a Democrat to that office. Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse said he would oppose any effort to make the job an appointed one, at least until incoming schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's term expires in 2016.

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Judge Deals a Setback to Louisiana’s Voucher Program

Last January, Gov. Bobby Jindal took the oath of office for his second term, declaring in his inauguration speech that anyone who stood in the way of his education reform efforts “must stand down.” On Friday, a judge in Baton Rouge said, in effect: not so fast.

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S.D. Governor Proposes Modest Boost in State Spending on Schools

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday proposed a $4.1 billion state budget plan to the Legislature that would include modest spending increases on schools, health care and public worker salaries but that wouldn't make up for last year's deep spending cuts.

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Detroit Education Bills Making Progress

Bills expanding the reach of Detroit's Education Achievement Authority to become a statewide school reform district are progressing in the Michigan Legislature's lame duck session. The House and Senate education committees Thursday adopted amended versions of the bills, but are working out details about how failing schools could leave the EAA.

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Mich. District Officials Warn of 'Rushed' State Bills with Wide-Ranging Consequences

Midland Public Schools officials are warning residents that a group of bills being considered in the state Legislature could have wide-ranging — and possibly unintended — effects on school districts statewide.

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Detroit Schools Battle For Custody Following Public Act 4 Repeal

Brooke Harris, a teacher at Detroit's Mumford High School, is confused.

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Chicago Public Schools Offer Escalates School Closing Fears

Chicago Public Schools leadership offered a trade Monday as it tries to win state lawmakers' support for a key school reform measure: Agree to push back the announcement of what schools will close until spring, and the district will put a five-year moratorium on shutting more buildings.

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