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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter describes how three former school officials 'were at the top of the chain' during sentencing in Atlanta last week.
—Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP

Stiff Sentences for Convicted Atlanta Educators Shock Many

Most of the former educators convicted in a cheating scandal will remain free on bond while they appeal. (April 17, 2015)

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05/26 03:47 pm | U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Proper Classification for Drawing Electoral Lines | In a case with implications for elected school boards, the justices will examine whether those apportioning electoral districts should consider total population or voters.

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Outreach and broader awareness of the U.S. Education Department's willingness to tackle complaints may help account for a surge in cases to the department's office for civil rights.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
A special session over how to pay for basic education bares partisan divides over tax policy and questions about the fallout for districts and unions.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
A group of 10 educators claims the state erects arbitrary barriers to make it difficult for out-of-state teachers to obtain certification in the state.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over whether states must license or recognize same-sex marriages, a case with potential ramifications for parental rights in a school context.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
A judge is set to resentence the three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms of the 11 convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.
April 30, 2015 - AP
Gay couples are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court over states' refusal to license or recognize such unions, a conflict with an array of implications for schools.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
Most of the former educators convicted in a cheating scandal will remain free on bond while they appeal.
April 17, 2015 - Education Week
Recent controversies over statutes aimed at protecting religious beliefs offer a reminder of challenges school administrators face in dealing with the sensitive issue of religious accommodation.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
The conviction of 11 former educators on state racketeering charges that could land them behind bars has ignited debate about whether the punishment fits the crime.
April 8, 2015 - Education Week
California's parent-trigger law has played a role in policy debates in a handful of schools since the law passed in 2010. This interactive describes each school and its experience.
April 7, 2015 - Education Week

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