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Unions adapt to new rules, even as they fight to reverse them Stateline:  The most controversial state issue of 2011 — the fight over collective bargaining and other rights for public-sector employees — isn’t going away in 2012. ALSO:  The education of Florida governor Rick Scott Fortune. 

Bloomberg, in State of the City Address, Focuses on Education NYT: In his State of the City address, the mayor hit a nerve by proposing a merit-pay system for teachers and not shying away from other controversial education topics. 

U.S. Attorney activates ‘school corruption hotline’ Washington Post: The United States Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania has activated a hotline where citizens can report “suspected possible corruption in public education.

State clears 28 in cheating probe; no Philly SD schools cleared Inquirer: The Pennsylvania Department of Education has cleared 28 schools and districts in its statewide probe into possible improprieties on the 2009 PSSAs.

CPS releases guidelines for longer school day Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools released guidelines Thursday on how the district would like elementary and high schools to implement the longer school day next year. SEE OTHER CHICAGO STORIES ABOVE

Christie signs urban private school bill AP via NJ.com: As many as 12 schools built by nonprofit groups and funded largely with tax dollars will be allowed to take root in three of New Jersey's struggling cities under a new law Gov. Chris Christie signed Thursday, a move he says is a step toward bigger school reforms.

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Plan to scrap kindergarten program spurs protest AP: California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to scrap a new program for children who are no longer old enough for kindergarten.

Union hits Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to abolish teacher pay schedules Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to free local schools from a state-mandated teacher pay schedule that currently rewards seniority and training is drawing fire from the state's largest teachers' group.

Gov. Snyder Will Appoint Emergency Manager For Highland Park Schools HuffPost: MI Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of financial emergency for the Highland Park school district Thursday. 

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