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AM News: Philadelphia Closes 37 Schools, Targets Dozens More for Relocation

Philadelphia School Closures: 37 Targeted, Dozens More To Relocate Or Reconfigure Notebook: Saying the struggling Philadelphia School District is “out of time and out of options,” new Superintendent William Hite has unveiled a sweeping plan to close 37 school buildings by next fall. All told, the District will call for 44 schools to be closed or relocated and nearly two dozen more to undergo grade changes.

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Controversial Grant Approval Measure Passes, 4-3 LASchoolReport: A controversial proposal written by Richard Vladovic to give the school board the authority to approve most grants over $1 million was approved 4-3 by the board today, following tense discussion and over the strenuous objections of Superintendent John Deasy.

New Student-Poverty Measures Proposed for National Tests EdWeek: Aiming to get a clearer picture of how students' home and community resources affect their academic achievement, America's best-known K-12 education barometer, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is building a comprehensive new way to gauge socioeconomic statusRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Arts Education Seen as Common-Core Partner EdWeek: As educators nationwide seek to help students meet the demands of the common core in English/language arts and mathematics, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. And in some cases, they're identifying ways to make the links explicit.

Weighing Options for Expanding School Choice TexasTribune: In debates over school choice, like the one brewing as the 83rd legislative session draws closer, traditional public school districts are often cast as stubborn defenders of the status quo.

Is the U.S. Department of Education a Good Place to Work? PoliticsK12: Based on the latest Best Places to Work survey, the U.S. Department of Education is perhaps not the best place to work in the federal government. Among 22 mid-size federal agencies, the Education Department ranked 18th in job satisfaction in 2012—ahead of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Board of Broadcasting Governors, for example.

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