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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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06/30 09:35 am | Supreme Court to Reconsider Key Precedent on Teachers' Union Fees | The justices agreed to decide whether to overrule a nearly 40-year-old precedent that authorizes teachers' unions to collect service fees from those who refuse to join.

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This interactive map gives state-by-state information regarding student data privacy laws in the 2014 legislative year.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
A California law is one of the most aggressive attempts to balance the promise of digital learning technologies with concerns about the privacy of children's sensitive information.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Federal officials face a split among advocates and educators on whether to set a bright line for states in deciding if minorities are overidentified for special education services.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
This chart covers cases with a K-12 school district or local school district as parties, by term and five-year periods, beginning with the term after Brown v. Board o Education of Topeka was decided.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has gone five years without hearing a single case involving a school district or local school official as the party bringing the case or as the respondent.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
An Education Week analysis has found an array of often-complicated state policies guiding how teachers are fired, and their rights to appeal such actions.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
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

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