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Minneapolis Union Will Help Authorize Charter Schools EdWeek: A nonprofit body set up by the Minneapolis Federation of Teacher has been granted the authority to charter schools, in what's apparently the first such arrangement of its kind in the nation.

Iowa GOP Voters Favor Scrapping Department of Education Politics K-12: Getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education is high on the wish list of Republican voters in Iowa, who next month will hold the first-in-the-nation caucus to select a GOP presidential nominee.

Obama meets with star presidents to talk reform Washington Post: President Obama summoned several university presidents and chancellors to his office today for an unusual two-hour session devoted to the economics of higher education.

NYC ban on after-school worship services stands AP: The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a plea from a tiny evangelical church in the Bronx to overturn New York City's ban on religious worship services at public schools.

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Green Ribbon award will recognize eco-friendly schools Washington Post: The federal government has long awarded schools with stellar academic achievement a Blue Ribbon. Now there is another way for schools to shine, with a Green Ribbon for environmental achievement.

A Struggling School Gets a Lift from a Visiting Professor NYT: Dr. Cornel West, the celebrated academic and activist, made a star turn at a Harlem school that may possibly be closed. Although his appearance was planned long before the school received the bad news, Dr. West said he would do anything he could to help save the school from shutting its doors.

For Mill Town's Youth, 'It Can't Get Any Worse' NPR: East Millinocket, Maine, used to be a booming paper mill town that offered residents what was basically a guaranteed ticket into the middle class. But today young people are scrambling to find a new path. "It's a little scary because it's going to be tough," says high school senior Jared Lyons.

Mall Santas Coached To Temper Kids' Expectations NPR: Lynn Neary talks to Fred Honerkamp, a graduate from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan and current mall Santa, about the spirit — and strategy — of playing Old Saint Nick in tough economic times.

Teen Sexting less common that thought, University of New Hampshire study finds Slate: National survey finds that just 1 percent of minors have actually sent explicit pics.

 

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