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7322d4925c8e623ce17ee58d6c434ce87acHousing Downturn Squeezing Schools Washington Post
The rapid cooling of the Washington area's real estate market has hit school systems with force, abruptly ending years of plenty and compelling superintendents to ask their teachers, bus drivers and custodians to do more with less.

Critics cite lack of data on struggling students Baltimore Sun
A record $3.3 billion in new local and state school spending during the past five years largely has gone toward the hiring of new teachers, raising salaries and lowering the ratio of students to teachers, according to a new report to the Maryland General Assembly.

PLUS: Two L.A. Unified schools take back control Los Angeles Times

15 States Want Tougher Penalties for Abusive Teachers AP
Heeding a steady drumbeat of sexual misconduct cases involving teachers, at least 15 states are considering stronger oversight and tougher punishment for educators who take advantage of their students.

PLUS: Tennessee to Overhaul Standards for Schools The Tennessean

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