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24 teachers chosen for Mich. education advisory panel
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Jul 31, 7:05 AM: The educators will offer feedback on state Superintendent Brian Whiston’s plan to make Michigan a top-performing education state. They will also help guide the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Details emerging on new state Innovative School District
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Jul 27, 5:34 AM: State officials announced plans earlier this month for how they will implement a 2016 law that authorizes state education leaders to remove a handful of yet-to-be-selected low-scoring schools from the control of local school >
Votes coming on teacher tenure, for-profit charters, other key bills
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Jul 21, 7:43 AM: Between now and July 21, when they take a month off, state legislators will have to decide the fate of bills that passed one chamber of the Legislature and await action in the other.
City Council delays vote on stance about whether state should intervene in struggling schools
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Jul 20, 6:42 AM: The Tennessee Department of Education proposed in April the creation of a Partnership Zone, which would function as an independent mini-district within Hamilton County Schools, including Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob >
Maryland state school board eyes possible loophole in governor’s order on school calendars
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Jul 19, 6:02 AM: When Gov. Larry Hogan tightened his executive order to start all public schools after Labor Day, he blocked some educators from wiggling out of the mandate by seeking waivers. But members of the state school board may have stumbled >
Tennessee pursuing partnership to improve Hamilton County’s lowest-performing schools
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Jul 17, 7:16 AM: Attempting to clarify misconceptions, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen held a series of meetings in Hamilton County last week, sharing more about her Partnership Zone proposal for turning around five of the >
School code bill awaiting action combats lunch shaming, ends seniority-based furloughs and more
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Jul 12, 5:38 AM: Requiring all newly elected or appointed school directors and charter school trustees to take four hours of state Department of Education-developed or approved alternative training in the skills and knowledge necessary to serve in >
Commissioner McQueen extends iZone school deadline
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Jul 11, 5:36 AM: Tennessee's Education Commissioner Candice McQueen held a news conference in Chattanooga Monday to discuss iZone schools in Hamilton County and the deadline for board members to make decisions about them.
Snyder reverses self with School Reform Office move
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Jul 3, 5:28 AM: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday reversed his 2-year-old decision to move the School Reform Office under an agency he directly controls, signing an executive order to return it to the Department of Education.
Lawmakers push back on Cuomo’s school control plan
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Jun 28, 6:19 AM: Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday scheduled a special session of the Legislature for Wednesday to pass what he hopes will be a quick and simple one-year extension of mayoral school control — but some lawmakers had other plans.
Dispute over N.C. public schools control, money lands in court
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Jun 28, 6:04 AM: The question spelled out nearly 150 years ago yet repeatedly fought over by politicians over the past quarter century is back: Who runs North Carolina public schools that educate 1.5 million students at a cost of $13 billion a >
Hogan appoints four new members to Maryland state school board 
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Jun 23, 7:22 AM: Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed four new state school board members, whose stated support for school charters and more stringent academic accountability reflects the governors own thinking on education.
Education chief seizes control of failing, rural S.C. school district
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Jun 20, 6:15 AM: South Carolina’s schools chief is taking control of Allendale County schools – declaring a “state of emergency” in the poor, rural district, which has one of the state’s worst academic records.
La Crosse area educators weigh in on Wisconsin’s ESSA plan
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Jun 20, 5:53 AM: According to the draft plan, Wisconsin will add chronic student absenteeism — students missing several days of school throughout the year — to its accountability indicators, which will be used to determine which schools and >
‘Compromise can be made’ in NYC schools battle: Cuomo
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Jun 16, 7:45 AM: Gov. Cuomo on Thursday proposed a compromise in the battle over mayoral control of New York City public schools, suggesting a three-year extension that includes an expansion of charter schools.
Georgia takes first step in school turnaround plan
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Jun 16, 7:11 AM: Georgia took its first step toward possible takeover of the state’s lowest-performing schools on Thursday when a newly created advisory group met with the governor’s education board for the first time to begin looking for a >
Skandera stepping down as education chief
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Jun 8, 7:18 AM: After nearly seven years on the job, New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down.
Our Schools Now launches $700 million Utah tax initiative
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Jun 7, 5:33 AM: The Our Schools Now campaign to boost education funding through tax increases got formally underway on Tuesday ­— with several notable departures from the group's original plans.
Rauner won’t sign education funding reform bill with $300M for CPS
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Jun 2, 6:13 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would not sign an education funding reform bill that passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday night just before the regular legislative session ended.
New challenges for 100-year-old Manatee Elementary
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May 31, 6:36 AM: Now state leaders want to try a more dramatic approach to improving education in East Bradenton and similar communities across Florida: Offer big incentives for charter schools to open in these neighborhoods and compete against >

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