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News: Federal Windfall -- Local Cuts

RI to learn if it wins federal school reform grant Boston.com:  Rhode Island education officials will soon learn if they landed a portion of $4.35 billion in federal grants to reform schools.11111111111news

Teachers Lose Funding Over Quibbles with Obama Education Policy PBS NewsHour:  John Merrow explores why some teachers' unions are walking away from a share of some $4.35 billion in federal funds through the Obama administration's new Race to the Top grant competition.

Struggling Georgia school firing entire staff Dorie Turner AP: A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday....

Albuquerque schools: 700 layoffs may be needed Tim Korte AP: Albuquerque schools superintendent Winston Brooks says a $43 million budget shortfall is leading to severe cuts for next school year, including the possibility that 700 employees might be laid off.

Los Angeles school year shortened in teachers deal LA Times:  The Los Angeles teachers union says it has reached a deal with the school district that would shorten the school year by at least five days, as officials cope with a $640 million budget deficit.

Language barriers for Boston students reviewed Boston Globe:  The federal government is reviewing programs Boston provides for public school students who speak limited English.

Measure seeking funding for Maryland private schools gains momentum Michael Birnbaum AP:  A long-sought measure that could channel millions of dollars in tax credits to struggling Catholic, Jewish and private schools is making inroads in the Maryland House of Delegates for the first time.

Age May Be Barrier For 13-Year-Old College Student NPR:  The University of Connecticut will not allow Colin Carlson, 13, to enroll in a summer class in South Africa. 

Hit Back At Bullies? Not At This School NPR:  One of the most important things they do at Urban Middle is talk about bullying. It's more than just a response to occasional incidents: It's part of the curriculum. In one classroom, teacher Leslie Pearre shows slides that illustrate how this social phenomenon works.

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