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AM News: School-Closing Discussions Fuel Chicago Fears

Aldermen want hearings on Chicago school closings ChicagoTribune: Although Chicago teachers have signed off on their new contract, the lingering anxiety about the future of the city's public education system surfaced Thursday as Aldermen stepped up a call for hearings on potential school closings.

4 Decades After Clashes, Boston Again Debates School Busing NYTEducation: Nearly four decades after this city was convulsed by violence over court-ordered busing to desegregate its public schools, Boston is working to reduce its reliance on busing in a school system that is now made up largely of minority students. AMNews

Obama, Romney Spar Over Education In First Presidential Debate  HechingerReport: In the past, Romney has discussed making the U.S. Department of Education a "heck of a lot smaller," although he has not specified what programs would be eliminated. During the debate, Romney called for getting rid of inefficient federal programs in all areas.

Schools Falter at Keeping ELL Families in the Loop EdWeek: One of the biggest challenges, educators and advocates said, is communicating effectively with parents who don't speak English—an issue that, in part, has brought recent complaints of discrimination against Latino students and their families to two large districts in North Carolina and one in Louisiana.

Exit Exams Face Pinch in Common-Core Push EdWeek: Twenty-five states, enrolling a total of 34.1 million students, make exit exams a graduation requirement, according to a study released last month by the Center on Education Policy, a Washington-based think tank.

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