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8/15/2014

8/15/2014

Dozens of Pinellas families are scrambling to find schools for their children after a St. Petersburg charter school abruptly held a new lottery for admission just four days before the first day of school.

8/15/2014

The use of a health textbook some deemed inappropriate for freshmen students has been delayed, giving the Fremont Unified district time to consult the book's publisher over its chapters on sexual education.

8/15/2014

More than 2,850 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been placed with sponsors in Virginia. Under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless” to avoid school enrollment documentation requirements.

8/15/2014

High school student-athletes can also compete and practice with an out-of-school team, the Vermont Principals' Association ruled, a policy change in response to last fall's debated topic that involved a local soccer club.

8/15/2014

The Arkansas Department of Education said that 19 schools and two school districts in the state have been awarded federal grants to fund before- and after-school programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will support programs for five years.

8/15/2014

South Carolina Board of Education members are weighing whether grades for students’ conduct should be included on report cards. A proposal would require all districts to give students a letter grade for their effort, punctuality and neatness.

8/14/2014

8/14/2014

Some Utah school districts are struggling to fill all their teaching positions with just days before the new school year begins. The Salt Lake City School District has about double the number of openings it would normally have at this time of year.

8/14/2014

Oakland USD is hiring an unaccompanied minors consultant to work with the unprecedented number of immigrant children arriving from Central America in the past year. The support services consultant will help unaccompanied immigrant students find legal help and counseling, health and educational services.

8/14/2014

Teachers in Mustang are getting ready to welcome a lot more students back to school. The Mustang School District’s enrollment has risen 10 percent since last year with kindergarten through the third grade seeing the most explosive growth.

8/14/2014

The state will lower the report card ratings for 20 Columbus schools that it found had cheated their way to better grades by omitting children who were often absent or had poor test scores. The Ohio Department of Education is issuing changes to three years’ worth of recalculated Columbus City Schools report cards. Now, the department is left to decide whether educators who manipulated student data should be punished.

8/14/2014

Public schools are returning from summer break to face a challenge: integrating and paying for the influx of children who have streamed across the Mexican border this year. Because the children generally lack English skills, have often received limited schooling and may have suffered emotional trauma, they present schools with a host of needs that could strain resources.

8/13/2014

8/13/2014

Putting alcohol-based hand sanitizers in classrooms in the hopes of reducing school absences due to illness may not be worth the expense in high-income countries where clean water for washing hands is readily available, a study says. It finds that adding the sanitizers to school-age kids' usual hand hygiene routine — washing with soap and water — did not reduce illness-related absences.

8/13/2014

More than 650,000 Los Angeles Unified students went back to school, supported by the largest funding boost in seven years for nearly 1,600 new teachers, counselors, nurses, library aides and principals.

8/13/2014

The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes.

8/13/2014

Charter schools in Nashville will soon be expected to make their financial documents — including a disclosure of private funds — available for the city to publish online as part of a new set of measures aimed at fiscal transparency.

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