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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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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
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
Eleven former teachers and administrators were found guilty of racketeering for conspiring to change answers or guide students to correct responses on a 2009 state test.
April 2, 2015 - Education Week

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