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A decade after seizing control of the Jersey City schools because of abysmal test scores and financial and political turmoil, New Jersey state officials unveiled a plan last week for returning the district to local control.
Third in an occasional series.

In the closing hours of the Arizona state legislative session this spring, tempers flared not over what did happen, but rather, what didn't.


The Boston Plan for Excellence started out in 1984 with a modest but important mission: to pitch in and help the struggling Boston schools with "mini-grants" for school projects and college scholarships for students.

When Michelle Baker first learned that her son Colin would take part in a parent-teacher conference, she was skeptical.
Illinois lawmakers have approved a compromise bill that would give top school officials in Chicago a new avenue to influence the selection of principals, but less sway than the district had originally sought.
In the weeks after a deadly school shooting spree in Colorado--and the wave of bomb scares and threats of violence against other schools that followed--national home school leaders say they are seeing a spike in parent requests for home schooling information.
Educators and policymakers will have one more indicator of how well U.S. high school students match up against their counterparts around the world, thanks to a new international assessment to be launched next year.

Slowly, over the past few decades, a sea of asphalt washed over the schoolyards of Boston, turning grass and gardens into knee-skinning, nature-destroying, eye-depriving black.


A group of top corporate executives is recommitting itself to the task of reforming public education.

Schools may help with desegregation, but they also can "cream off" better-educated, more affluent families, concludes a study that takes a close look at long-established programs in Cincinnati and St. Louis.
When all was said and done last week, the Texas legislature seemed to have provided something for everyone: raises for teachers, new tests for students, and bragging rights for a likely presidential contender.
Ohio lawmakers were struggling last week to find a way to save the Cleveland voucher program, following a state supreme court ruling that faulted the program's legislative origins and put its future squarely in their hands.
A federal appeals court has upheld the state of Maine's refusal to reimburse parents who send their children to religious schools.

In a flashback to the budget battles of 1995, members of the higher education community are closing ranks to prepare for a looming federal funding showdown this coming fall on Capitol Hill.


Even if Congress keeps a promise to substantially raise federal education spending this year, one thing seems likely: Secondary school students will see a disproportionately small share of the money.


At a time when state policymakers increasingly are embracing merit-based financial-aid programs for college, a small federal program continues to provide insurance that states won't forget poor students.


The U.S. Supreme Court disposed of two more cases last week dealing with peer sexual harassment, but with no clear message expanding on last month's decision that schools can be held liable under Title IX for such harassment.

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