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AM News: Budgets, Census Numbers, & More

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Schools Reopen to Face Tough Budget Choices EdWeek: As students around the country begin the 2011-12 school year, many of them will be returning to districts that have been forced to restructure their operations in the face of budget cuts. ALSO:  Five ways students will feel budget cuts Stateline

Review of Census Data Reveals Information Tied to Schools NYT:  The Census Bureau counts the number of students, average teacher salaries and the rising cost of college.

Students Tackle 'Kids' Science Challenge' NPR:  For three years, a national competition has challenged third through sixth grade students to come up with problems that can be solved via science, then matches winners with mentor scientists to tackle their questions. 

In Texas schools, a criminal response to misbehavior Washington Post: An array of get-tough policies in U.S. schools in the past two decades has brought many students into contact with police and courts — part of a trend some experts call the criminalization of student discipline.

South Dakota schools cut costs with 4-day week Yahoo!News: This fall, fully one-fourth of South Dakota's districts will have moved to some form of the abbreviated schedule. Only Colorado and Wyoming have a larger proportion of schools using a shortened week. According to one study, more than 120 school districts in 20 states, most in the west, now use four-day weeks.

Principal who changed grades resigns, but gets new job New York Times: The principal of a Bronx high school who was found to have improperly changed student grades has agreed to resign from the school, but will continue to work for the Department of Education, possibly advising principals and teachers on curriculum and other matters, city officials said Friday.

Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal New York Times (Winerip): As voracious as she is for the media spotlight, Ms. Rhee will not talk to USA Today.

Plastic bag lobby wins favorable revision for school textbooks Sacto Bee: Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. Via LF

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