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Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86 CNN: A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the passing of Maya Angelou Imperial Valley News: "Maya Angelou was not just a phenomenal writer and artist - she was a teacher and mentor whose words will live on for generations."

The Politics of School Meal Standards WAMU: First Lady Michelle Obama engaged Congress this week in a debate over nationwide standards for school lunches.We explore the issues in play and why the the first lady felt compelled to make a rare foray into a direct political debate.

In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good Washington Post: The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

Seven candidates vie for LAUSD board seat in wide-open contest LA Times: The Los Angeles teachers union and a powerful group of civic leaders are sitting out Tuesday's key race for a seat on the Board of Education in what has become a spirited, wide-open contest among seven candidates.

10 things they don't talk about at graduation Vox: The cost of attending college has more than doubled in the U.S. since the 1960s, which means that the class of 2014 can expect to be paying down their student loans for many years to come. But it's not all bad news.

You Can Now Get a 3D Printer for Under $200 Atlantic Wire: Three-dimensional printing is about to get a whole lot easier, cheaper, and more user-friendly. What once seemed like science fiction can now be yours for just $199, thanks to New Matter's new MOD-t 3D printer

Homeless Teen Graduates As Valedictorian, Will Attend College Thanks To The Internet HuffPost: Griffin Furlong, from Jacksonville, Fla., has faced more trials than your average high school student, and yet he still managed to triumph over adversity and succeed.

From school sports to free lunches, hearing highlights requests left out of mayor’s budget Chalkbeat: A City Council hearing on school spending got off to a dramatic start Wednesday when some 100 students wearing blue athletic jerseys turned inside-out marched into the council chambers to deliver petitions demanding more money for school sports.

New alternative schools, some run by for-profit companies, come with hefty price tag WBEZ: The bulk of the money, about $4 million, will go to for-profit companies that just began working in the district last year.

Lawmakers approve money for CPS pensions, Uptown Theatre Chicago Tribune: The House vote to give Chicago teachers the $50 million injection restarts a longtime pension annual allocation to help Chicago Public Schools.

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