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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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11/24 07:47 am | Court Backs School District's Removal of Ex-Porn Star's Tutoring Banners | A Florida district removed a math tutor's banners from its campuses after it learned that the tutor had ties to the porn industry.

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A scathing U.S. Department of Justice letter alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a statewide network of alternative schools.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
The state law raising the school dropout age from 16 to 18 could be in for both a legal challenge and revision from the 2016 General Assembly.
July 20, 2015 - McClatchy-Tribune
Now that state lawmakers have approved a split-up of the Clark County school district, which includes Las Vegas, the question is how to go about doing it.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
With most legislative sessions complete, the scorecard shows that many states are focused on rebuilding K-12 funding and grappling with the thorny issue of student assessments.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
Even when the U.S. Supreme Court is not weighing education-specific cases, many of its decisions reach into the schools—and the 2014-15 term was no exception.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
U.S. Supreme Court justices issued rulings on a wide range of cases with implications for schools and educators in the court's just-completed 2014-15 term. Here are some excerpts from the majority opinions in a handful of cases closely watched by the education community.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging unions' practice of compelling nonmembers to pay service fees.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 - Education Week
Efforts to reauthorize the law could be complicated by some of the same issues holding up renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
A pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions deal with issues playing out in schools as much as in the rest of society.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week

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