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School Vouchers Gain Ground WSJ: Louisiana is poised to establish the nation's most expansive system of school choice by adopting a package of vouchers and other tools that would give many parents control over the use of tax dollars to educate their children.

Numbers Game: America's Struggle To Make Math Fun Reuters via HuffPost: Pity poor math. In the American drive to boost science and math education, it's science that has all the kid-friendly sizzle: Robots and roller coasters, foaming chemical reactions, marshmallow air cannons. Math has... well, numbers. 

Union Leaders Target Bullying HuffPost: The heads of the nation's two largest teachers' unions stressed Tuesday night the need for government leaders to continue to focus on bullying prevention in an era of school funding shortages.

Teaching Software Flooding Into New Jersey Classrooms Hechinger Report via HuffPost: A computer voice guides 12-year-old Amir Accoo to spell the words he hears through his headphones: emergency, bulldozer, minutes. Accoo spells "minutes" wrong and is asked to try that one again, several times. Later, he clicks on a proofreading button.

GAO Criticizes Ed. Dept. On School Improvement Grant Program Politics K12: The U.S. Department of Education needs to do a better job of making sure that the performance of contractors hired through the School Improvement Grant program is reviewed, and of making sure states have the information they need to make grant renewal decisions, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm.

Anger reignited over Arizona's ethnic studies ban AP via Boston.com: A southern Arizona school district's decision to oust the director of the newly dismantled Mexican-American studies program and a recent segment on a TV comedy show have reignited anger among protesters who took over a school board meeting and accused its members of being racist.

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SchoolBook: Plans to Close 26 Schools Will Proceed Regardless of Financing, City Says NYT: Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said on Wednesday that the city will close and reopen 26 schools this summer, regardless of whether New York State's education commissioner approves the controversial plans. At stake is nearly $60 million in federal grant money.

SchoolBook: Study Finds Higher Charter School Spending on Administration NYT: Education Week reports on a new study of school spending in Michigan, which concludes that "charter schools spend more per-pupil on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, even when controlling for enrollment, student populations served, and other factors."

Pepper spray report sharply criticizes UC Davis leaders, police LAT: The Nov. 18. incident 'should and could have been prevented,' a task force says, citing poor police judgment and administrators' mishandling of the Occupy protest.

Henderson launches $10 million grant program to help DCPS reach new academic targets Washington Post: Chancellor Kaya Henderson, nearing the end of her first full school year as leader of DCPS, is committing the school system to a series of academic goals she hopes to reach by 2017:

Report Finds School Suspensions No Longer A Measure Of Last Resort California Watch via HuffPost: Racial minorities and students with disabilities are suspended at substantially higher rates than their white and non-disabled peers, according to an analysis of discipline data from nearly 500 California school districts. Researchers said the disparities are a civil rights issue and cause for alarm.

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