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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker takes a selfie with a student at Brooke Charter School in Mattapan, Mass., after announcing new legislation to lift the current cap on the number of charter schools that can be opened in the state.
—Joanne DeCaro/Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Major Political and Legal Push Underway to Lift Mass. Charter Cap

Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters. (October 20, 2015)

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11/30 08:08 pm | U.S. Supreme Court Weighs a Workplace Claim Common in Education | The justices consider employee claims of "constructive discharge" and when the clock starts ticking on the timetable for filing a complaint.

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In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers.
October 13, 2015 - Education Week
The wave of federal documents is likely to continue in the coming months, lawyers who work on special education issues told those attending a conference in Baltimore.
October 13, 2015 - Education Week
The policy frenzy to establish new methods for evaluating teachers over the past few years has led to an unintended byproduct: lots of litigation.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
From the courtroom and ballot box to legislative chambers, budget battles heat up in a number of states as the 2015-16 school year gets underway.
September 29, 2015 - Education Week
Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term may reach into teachers' paychecks, union treasuries, and college admissions offices.
September 29, 2015 - Education Week
Adams 14 in Colorado is among thousands of districts nationwide that are trying to root out discriminatory practices that can harm students' development.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
September 11, 2015 - Education Week
School districts are expected to rewrite policies to limit the use of suspensions and expulsions under a statute championed by student groups.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
The state's decision to close its preschool pilot program to 4-year-olds who are not legal U.S. residents has raised sticky questions about access.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Tensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week

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