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Report: Crime at US public schools on the decline AP: Violent crime at the nation's schools is declining, and students and schools are reporting less bullying and gang activity. NYT: Five Students Arrested a Day, Police Data Show

Santorum Would 'Eliminate' No Child Left Behind Act Politics K12: Santorum elaborated that not only does he not want the federal government really involved in schools, but he said that "state government should get out of the state education business" as well... Santorum said he was for "customizing education," "parental control," and "local" control.

'Why I Go to School': An Antidote For Dropping Out PBS: Every year, more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school. That’s 7,000 students a day dropping out for many reasons, most of which are largely personal and reflective of a student’s circumstances at home, school and in the community.


Chicago Shake-Up Targets 17 Schools WSJ: This city's school board voted Wednesday to shake up the teaching staffs at 17 low-performing public schools, handing Mayor Rahm Emanuel a victory in his battle with the teachers union and highlighting an increasingly aggressive stance on education overhauls by a number of Democratic mayors nationwide. ALSO After sharp criticisms, CPS board OKs school closings, turnarounds Chicago Tribune

Newark mayor: NYPD Muslim files 'deeply offensive AP via Boston.com: The mayor and police director of New Jersey's largest city said Wednesday the New York Police Department misled their city and never told them it was conducting a widespread spying operation on Newark's Muslim neighborhoods. Had they known, they said, they never would have allowed it.

Bill Will Allow Churches To Teach Religion Classes To Public School Students Religious News Service via HuffPost: A bill in Alabama would allow churches or ministries to teach a religion class to public school students off campus, so long as parents and school boards give permission and the churches are responsible for transportation and any expenses.

Separate But Equal? Policy Brief Aims To Ensure Charter Schools Aren't. HuffPost: Charter schools often promise to bring greater equity to education, but a new brief starts with the assumption that they fall short in delivery -- and provides recommendations to fix the alleged injustice.

Closure spurs talk of new strategy for struggling charter schools GothamSchools: Last month, as parents from Peninsula Preparatory Academy vocally protested the city’s decision to close their charter school, Principal Ericka Wala quietly pursued an alternative.

Baltimore County proposes new student discipline code Baltimore Sun: For minor offenses, principals would have to try interventions before suspensions


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