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Mass baptism at Georgia high school spurs controversy

Video of a church's mass baptism at a Georgia public high school caught the attention of critics after it showed up online. Administrators are investigating what's become a battle over church, state and sports.

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School protesters force Chicago mayor to shut down meeting

A group of protesters caused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to abruptly end a budget meeting early after he refused to answer their questions regarding the closure of Dyett High School and the city’s future plans for the school.

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To diversify schools, expand charters: The model works

Racially and socioeconomically diverse schools increase opportunity for students of all colors and income levels. So it’s hard to understand why New York's administration does not support the one type of public school — charters — with the potential to integrate the city's horribly segregated school system.

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School drug counselors charged with carrying out $46 million Medi-Cal fraud scheme

In middle schools and high schools across Los Angeles County, Atlantic Recovery Services offered a free, government-funded treatment program for children coping with drug and alcohol addiction. But prosecutors allege that the program exploited children and defrauded taxpayers, with supervisors telling staffers to forge student signatures, falsify treatment records, and enroll students who may have merely dabbled in drugs.

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New California law caps superintendents’ final pay

The new legislation will limit severance packages to one year of salary. Previously, the cap was at a year and a half. The bill also eliminates any cash settlement any superintendent may receive if he or she is found to have been engaging in illegal fiscal activities.

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Detroit school for teen moms graduates first class ever

Pathways Academy, a Detroit Public Schools charter that opened last year catering specifically to teen moms, graduated its first class. The school offers mothers medical access, transportation, on-site daycare or early-childhood schooling, and an online curriculum to catch up teen moms who have fallen behind due to motherhood.

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Poll: Most Nevadans support state's school choice program

Sixty-one percent of Nevadans support the state's groundbreaking yet controversial school choice program, with only 21 percent opposed. The education savings accounts allow a family to apply 90 percent of their per-pupil education funding toward private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, school transportation and other educational needs.

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1400-page report on Marysville school shooting can't nail down motive

A multiagency team of more than 30 police detectives that investigated the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting could not determine a definitive reason behind the deadly spree.

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Fresno USD under federal investigation for no-bid construction contract

The California district is under investigation over how it handled a $37 million contract to build a middle school. The contract in question has been disputed by Fresno contractor who alleged that Fresno USD used the “leaseback” method to avoid the traditional competitive bid process and guarantee the project go to a specific construction company.

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Cost of school construction projects doubles in N.C. district

Moore County Schools’ 10-year, 10-project master construction plan has more than doubled in cost since it was rolled out last year. Originally approved for $110 million, inflation costs within the construction industry have now driven the price to $237 million.

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