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Florida high school grades released

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

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Texas district names Lowell Strike as top administrator

Lowell Strike, Little Elm ISD's lone finalist for the position, was officially named as superintendent. Strike, who will begin with the district in January, previously held the position of associate superintendent of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

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New Hartford has a new superintendent of schools

Interim Superintendent Paul Smotas announced that the Connecticut elementary school district's school board appointed Brian P. Murphy to the job, effective January 20. Murphy is currently the principal of Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, where he has been since 2006.

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Lone finalist for superintendent position announced for Texas district

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees named Todd Schneider as the lone finalist for its superintendent of schools position. In addition to teaching and coaching, he served as assistant principal for Crandall ISD and as principal and superintendent at Martin's Mill.

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Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

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Coalition releases school grades for parents

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

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School's bible giveaway prompts threat of lawsuit

Bibles are reportedly being distributed to elementary students in a Georgia public school district this week — something that represents an “appalling violation” of children’s freedom of thought," says the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s why the organization has threatened to file a lawsuit if the practice doesn’t stop.

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More than 1 in 4 school-aged children in Louisiana live in poverty

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

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ACLU lawsuit: Ferguson school board excludes minorities

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court to challenge the district's election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Candice McQueen named new Tenn. education commissioner

Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen is Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to fill Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner position. McQueen will replace Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who announced last month plans to leave his post in January to return to the private sector.

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