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12/9/2014

12/9/2014

Ohio education officials are offering up $10 million for a new school mentorship program. Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's public schools and giving more students access to role models.

12/9/2014

One Seattle elementary school could end up losing part of its playground for more portables to add more instructional space if the district's zoning change request is approved. The Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning group objects to the proposed 45 percent building lot coverage and the reduced available play space for students.

12/9/2014

More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores. Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 failed to show proficiency in math.

12/9/2014

Cazenovia parents in New York are questioning the need for the decades-old practice of letting children out of school to attend weekly religious education classes. In addition to being unfair to the children left behind with no enrichment activities, they say it is unnecessary with religious programs offered during non-school times.

12/9/2014

A state rule requires superintendents to verify and approve school data before they submit the information to the state. Last school year, only 37 percent of districts and charter schools statewide signed off on the data submission at the end of the school year that gets translated into school report cards.

12/8/2014

12/8/2014

The growing number of charter schools — which are attracting more and more students — is prompting the Broward school district to get creative. The district is adding more innovative programs to its ranks to better compete.

12/8/2014

Students at 3 Philadelphia high schools staged what have become known as "die-ins" to protest the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City.

12/8/2014

Of the eight large cities surveyed, only Philadelphia parents had a lower opinion of school progress than Cleveland parents, with even Detroit residents more likely to believe schools there are improving than here.

12/8/2014

High school football could cease to exist in some towns if a concussion lawsuit filed against the Illinois High School Association succeeds, officials with the organization said Friday.

12/8/2014

Sleep-deprived Ann Arbor teens who dread waking up by 7 a.m. or earlier for school each weekday could have reason to rejoice next year. Ann Arbor school officials are considering a later start for high schools.

12/8/2014

Nearly a third of all children in Mississippi are food insecure, according to a report by Feeding America. Teachers, administrators and staffers sometimes have to step in to make sure students get the food they need.

12/8/2014

A new policy will not require Minneapolis students to take world language classes or ethnic studies before they graduate.

12/5/2014

12/5/2014

Michigan has one of the worst ratings in an analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools' academic performance. According to a National Association of Charter School Authorizers report, Michigan received only three out of 27 points.

12/5/2014

The Minnesota State High School League board has approved a new policy for transgender students that will begin with the 2015-2016 school year. Criteria for determining eligibility of transgender students for high school sports would be applied in the appeal process. Religious schools would be exempt.

12/5/2014

Canvassing for potential students — and honing a front-porch pitch — are standard for charter schools. But for traditional public school leaders, it's unfamiliar territory. Still, it may quickly become an expectation as urban districts around the country grapple with destabilization related, at least in part, to the growth of charter schools.

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