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Retired Los Angeles teacher keeps at it, for free LA Times
Five mornings a week, Bruce Kravets, 66, puts on a coat and tie, straps on his helmet and bikes to work at Palms Middle School on L.A.'s Westside, where he teaches math. For free.

Two charter school studies, two findings on effectiveness Washington Post
As President Obama pushes for more charter schools, the education world craves a report card on an experiment nearly two decades old. How are these independent public schools doing? The safest and perhaps most accurate reply -- it depends -- leaves many unsatisfied.

Schools work to improve parental involvement Journal Sentinel News-clipart
It's a vexing issue in Milwaukee, as well as thousands of other districts where students face major hurdles and many parents lack the knowledge, power or will to help their children succeed.

Chaos control is a challenge as Montgomery enrollment surges Washington Post
Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring, one of the most overcrowded schools in an crowded district, has 800 students, 10 kindergarten classes, 11 portable classrooms and only four and a half restrooms. But the numbers are an abstraction until lunchtime.

Teachers begin using cell phones for class lessons AP
Cell phones, the subject of tugs of war between parents, teachers and students across the nation, are taking on a new role in the classroom: learning tool....

City’s Schools Share Space, and Bitterness, With Charters NYT
Charter schools, a third-term priority of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are squeezing the city’s public schools for space, and more are on their way.

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