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Sen. Alexander to file bill that would re-direct billions in federal education dollars

WASHINGTON - Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander wants billions in federal education dollars to be made available to low-come families to send their children to a public or private school of their choice. Alexander planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would pay the $24 billion annual price tag by redirecting 41 per cent of federal education money.

Shrinking German towns hang hopes on new private schools

Peeling paint and boarded-up windows mark the tiny main street in the eastern German village of Briesen where a new private high school improbably stands. Briesen High School is among a growing number of private schools replacing their shuttered state predecessors, closed when enrolment sinks too low, as local communities look for new ways to grapple with the impact of an ageing population. "The state has completely abandoned the region," said Peter Stumm, long-time head of the Briesen area's local council.

China to improve school conditions in poor regions

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- China will move to improve basic schooling conditions for compulsory education in poverty-stricken areas, according to a new document unveiled Wednesday. "Schools in poor areas are a weak link in China's education cause," said a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council, the country's Cabinet, presided over by Premier Li Keqiang. Improving the basic school conditions in poor areas is a move to safeguard the basic livelihood and promote equal access to education and social equity, it said.

US top court examines state's higher ed affirmative action ban

The US Supreme Court will hear an affirmative action case Tuesday to determine whether state referendums can ban race and sex as factors in university admissions. In 2006, the US state of Michigan voted on a measure to disallow affirmative action in college admissions. The high court will now weigh in on whether the ban is constitutional, taking into account the US constitution's equal protection guarantees. The case comes on the heels of a high court decision just over three months ago concerning affirmative action at the University of Texas.

Gov't to increase teachers to help disabled children to 7,000 in five years

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- The government said Wednesday it will increase the number of teachers assigned to help disabled children at public schools to 7,000 in the next five years as part of a comprehensive program to improve education. With the increase, the government can meet the legal requirement of having one teacher with special skills for every four disabled students by 2017. Last year, the number of special teachers was far below 60 percent of that required, according to the education ministry.

B.C. First Nations schools need more funding, federal budget watchdog says

Decaying First Nations schools in British Columbia need nearly double the amount of money the federal government is currently providing, said Canada's federal budget watchdog. The study by the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, released on Thursday, said on-reserve schools in B.C. are older than B.C. public schools, and they need $39 million this fiscal year just for upkeep. It also said required funding could reach $47 million by 2028-29, based on anticipated growth in student populations. Ottawa typically provides $26 million annually.

Louisiana to push ahead with paying private firms to teach kids

By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) - Louisiana's schools chief vowed on Friday to push ahead with a plan to let students take classes from private firms and nonprofits at taxpayers' expense, despite a legal setback and objections from some educators.

Schools in crisis, reforms not working, U.S. federal panel declares

* Report calls for more active federal role in education * Minority students have been "unjustly and irredeemably blighted" * Previous education reports had little impact By Stephanie Simon Feb 19 (Reuters) - A federal commission on Tuesday said the U.S. education system had "thoroughly stacked the odds" against impoverished students and warned that an aggressive reform agenda embraced by both Democrats and Republicans had not done enough to improve public schools.

US states, local governments plead for new 'No Child Left Behind'

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - U.S. state and local officials again called on Congress to pass renewed "No Child Left Behind" education legislation, writing in a letter on Tuesday that it must become "a top priority for every member of the House and Senate." Nearly a year ago - on Feb. 6, 2012 - the same groups, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National School Boards Association, made a similar plea to re-authorize the federal education funding law.

FEATURE-An Oxford in Changzhou? International schools spread across China

By Lucy Hornby BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The website for a private school in Changzhou, one of China's smaller cities, features blue blazers and plaid skirts, music classes and an ivy-clad brick doorway -- all the trappings of the British school system designed to appeal to wealthy Chinese parents.
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