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Is Closing Underperforming Schools Really Good for Students?

Those on both sides of the debate believe they're championing civil rights. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

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The End of the Neighborhood School

A spate of closings is leaving children without local education options.

The New Rise of Segregated Schools

Districts that stopped forcing schools to mix students by race have seen a gradual but significant -return of racial isolation, especially at the elementary level.

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Bostonians Committed to School Diversity Haven't Given Up on Busing

Mayor Thomas Menino says busing is unpopular and outdated. So why are 10,000 Boston kids on a waiting list to be bused to higher-quality schools?

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Belgrade Cancels Its Gay Pride Parade, Again: This Week in Bans

Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.

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City on the Brink: Charlotte's Recession-Era Unraveling

The U.S. financial meltdown, coupled with a major education crisis, left the city reeling.

5 Ways Data Can Save After-School Programs

Using information to improve programs, even when money's tight.

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This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

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Bad Zoning Can Ruin Your Kid's Life

A new report examines the link between standardized test scores and restrictive zoning regulations.

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Time-Shifting the Morning School Rush

If you can't avoid a car commute, maybe you can slightly change what time you do it.

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This Week in Bans: Italian Town Outlaws Death

Also, Boston hates moshpits; an Illinois town repeals Prohibition; New York City's teachers should stay far away from Facebook.

"Rooftops: Why Not?" Ideas Competition

Wild Idea: Put Schools On Top of New York Skyscrapers

A team of Portuguese architects propose a lofty concept to fix America's troubled education system.

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What Happens to a Small Town When Its Coal Plant Shuts Down?

The city and schools of Eastlake, Ohio, will take hit when a nearby FirstEnergy plant closes in September.

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Outbreak Watch: Erin Brockovich Investigates Mysterious Student Illness in Upstate New York

Students in Le Roy, New York, are beset by an unexplained storm of tics and verbal outbursts.

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For These Baltimore Students, It's D.I.Y. School Building

One crumbling structure becomes a lesson in urban design for students

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L.A. Opens Up its School Yards

A pilot program allows joint use of school playgrounds by communities in park-poor areas