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AM News: State Laws Keep Schools from Cashing In On Oil Boom

State Laws Keep Some Districts in Oil-Boom Areas From Reaping Full Benefits WSJ: New drilling techniques have triggered an economic bonanza, but state laws meant to spread around revenue and protect homeowners from soaring tax bills are prohibiting local school officials from reaping the full financial benefits.


CPS fine-tunes demographics, puts more census tracts into top tier ChicagoTribune: The changes aren't as sweeping as last year, but nearly 100 city census tracts, more than 12 percent of the total, moved up in Chicago Public Schools' four-tier system for ranking tracts based on socioeconomic factors that include median income.

Better Teacher-Candidate Mentoring Targeted EdWeek: With state and national policymakers eyeing ways to improve teacher preparation, a handful of education programs are becoming more intentional about how such “cooperating” teachers—as they’re known in the lingo of teacher preparation­—are selected and trained.

Teen Pregnancy Study: Students Need Better School Support AP: Three years ago in Wisconsin, cost-cutting lawmakers dropped a requirement for school districts to give pregnant students who live within two miles of a school building free rides to school. The requirement had been part of an effort to improve access to education and reduce infant mortality rates.


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