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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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05/19 06:28 pm | School District May Not Be Sued Under Racketeering Law, Appeals Court Rules | The federal court rules that the Houston Independent School District was not a proper defendant in a civil suit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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September 23, 2014 - Education Week
The controversial standards share the stage with school finance in the campaign for Arizona's top state schools job, creating some unlikely alliances for this year's election.
September 22, 2014 - Education Week
Madison County, Wis., school officials face allegations that two recent contracts violate the state's controversial law that restricts public employees' bargaining rights.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
Rancorous debate between those who view themselves as school reformers and teachers and their unions needs to give way to constructive conversation and K-12 policy progress, Patrick Riccards says.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
A state supreme court's order means legislators must produce a plan to substantially boost education aid in their 2015 session or face penalties.
September 12, 2014 - Education Week
Tensions continue to flare in the protracted legal battle over school funding in Washington, which has pitted the state's highest court against the legislature for more than two years.
September 8, 2014 - Education Week
Middle school English teacher Carl Finer says the controversial California court decision on teacher tenure can be seen as a lever to improve conditions for teaching and learning.
September 3, 2014 - Teacher
The 2014-15 academic year is projected to be the first in which African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American students together will outnumber non- Hispanic whites in K-12 public schools.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
The demographic transformation of American classrooms was not unexpected. This timeline tracks changes in U.S. immigration laws.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Waivers from NCLB mandates are among the items named by House Republicans in authorizing a suit against President Barack Obama over alleged executive overreach.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week

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