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October 14, 2014 - Education Week
 Want to find a better teacher for English-language learners? A new report suggests schools might start by looking for teachers who add the most value for any student, rather than limiting the search to those with specialized training to work with ELLs.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
 Jim Blew has been named the new president of StudentsFirst, the K-12 advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee that pushes for increased school choice and the end to seniority-based employment decisions for teachers.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
 New York state's largest teachers' union claims in a federal suit filed last week that the state education department is violating the free-speech rights of teachers by barring them from speaking about questions and answers on state tests after students take them.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
 Indiana has stopped auditing extracurricular accounts at school systems because of a lack of manpower, raising concerns that the absence of oversight could contribute to new problems with accounts already prone to lax financial controls.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
 Supporters of a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools" in Mississippi say they've collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the 2015 general-election ballot.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  One of the best-known providers of student surveys is launching a new, free service for teachers, aimed at helping educators use the results to refine their classroom practices.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  School and law-enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  Three U.S. high school football players have died within a 1½-week span, according to news reports.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  The federal government is awarding nearly $40 million to charter schools in 12 states, with the aim of helping high-performing charters expand. Among the awardees are several that belong to well-known charter networks, as well as four schools that are yet to open in Washington state, where a new charter law took effect in 2012.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a public school science teacher who was fired for promoting creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his Ohio classroom.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  Philadelphia's School Reform Commission and the city teachers' union are headed for a showdown over whether the school district can unilaterally disregard the union contract—which expired in 2013—and require union members to pay $27 to $71 per paycheck toward their health benefits.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
  The U.S. Supreme Court last week asked the Obama administration for its views on whether it should take up a case involving an interpretation of federal special education law.
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