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Busy construction season at Alaska district's schools

The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade. About $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer, ranging from parking lot improvements to major renovations.

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Move to restrict construction noise near NYC schools

A bill to curb construction noise within 75 feet of public and private schools to less than 45 decibels during school hours is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning. It is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees the bill as impractical.

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Latest teacher bonuses a bad idea

Florida plans to give teachers up to a $10,000 bonus based on how the teacher scored on the SAT or ACT. What does a teacher's score on a college entrance exam 10 or 20 or more years ago have to do with their current performance in a classroom?

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Dissident teachers make it to high court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues being challenged by 10 California public school teachers. The teachers have $1,200 a year deducted from their paychecks to pay the association not only for its union representation, but also for union political activity to which the plaintiffs object.

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Schools must raise focus on kids’ vision

We should be testing the bottom 25 percent of each class by a vision specialist who does two exams — not just at 20 feet but also for reading difficulties at 16 inches. The cost would be compared to money saved in teaching and the sequence for poor readers of remedial reading, dropping out, committing petty crime, going to prison and recidivism.

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Large Virginia district adds gender identity to nondiscrimination policy

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

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Ohio to replace time-consuming PARCC tests in schools

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

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Connecticut to appoint CEO to oversee school district's operations

The state Department of Education has decided to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee day-to-day operations of Winchester's schools for at least the next two years because they suffered from "egregious lack of fiscal oversight."

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At majority-minority schools, Confederate names remain

Across the nation, there has been greater scrutiny of Confederate symbols and tributes with 28 public schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders. Many of those school names are decades old. But many of those schools’ populations represent the new Texas – with nonwhites making up more than half of their students.

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Philadelphia controller again finds problems in city’s school buildings

In his most recent inspection of city school buildings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz once again found unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Visits to 20 schools turned up water leaks, missing fire extinguishers, mold, unsanitary bathrooms and more.

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