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Pennsylvania School District Goes Broke

The Chester Upland School District — a small, mostly minority district outside Philadelphia — is on the verge of going broke. State budget cuts have put the district in such financial straits that teachers and some other employees agreed last month to work without pay for the rest of the school year. A judge ordered the state to advance Chester Upland $3 million, but that will only keep the schools open for a few weeks.
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D.C. Public Library's Fine Forgiveness Program Ends

The D.C. Public Library's fine forgiveness program is coming to an end.

Worshipers Kicked Out Of N.Y. School On Principle

For years, small churches have been meeting in New York City's public schools. One church, Grace Fellowship, has been gathering at PS-150 in Queens since 2006. In one week, though, they will be evicted. "Freedom for a church to take over a school and convert it to a house of worship is not what our Constitution stands for," says a civil liberties proponent.
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Virginia House Education Committee Passes 'Tebow Bill'

A bill that would allow homeschooled students to participate in public school athletics has passed the House Education Committee, despite receiving criticism from public school administrators, teachers and PTA advocates.

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D.C. Leaders Review School's Security Policies After Alleged Sexual Assault

As police continue their investigation of an alleged sexual assault at a D.C. elementary school, city leaders are calling for a wide-ranging review of the school system's security policies.


Fallout Continues In L.A. School's Lewd Photo Scandal

A second teacher has been removed from Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles as part of an investigation into lewd photos. One teacher has already been charged with lewd conduct with 23 students.

Prison Meal Deal: Where The Staff Serves Lunch ... And Time

At the Fife and Drum Restaurant, located in a Massachusetts minimum-security prison, inmates learn to cook and wait tables. Regulars praise the tasty lunches served up at bargain prices. Prison officials say such job training reduces the chances prisoners will re-offend.