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Verdicts handed down in Atlanta school cheating scandal

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

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Washington gives first charter school last chance to improve

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

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High school graduation rate in Iowa tops 90 percent

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

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School district consolidation debated at Vermont House

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

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State aid increasing for many New York school districts

School districts got their first look at state aid projections this week — months later than normal   with many districts seeing increases above 10 percent.

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All-boys high school in gets legal OK from attorney general

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., says the city’s plan to open an all-boys college preparatory high school does not run afoul of federal laws to protect education equality for girls. The mayor plans to open the school for the 2016-17 school year.

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High school students should study abroad

We need to make studying abroad in high school more accessible for all students. A global economy demands global students. We need people who can be at home in different lands and cultures. A high school year abroad is also a quick way to discover just how ignorant you are. As such, it's the door to a lifetime of learning and discovery.

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Senate panel advances Maryland charter school bill

Where Gov. Larry Hogan's original charter school expansion bill sought to make it easier to open more charter schools and give them greater flexibility in hiring, firing and funding, the amended version passed by a Senate panel only allows the state's existing successful charter schools to get slightly more flexibility.

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Arizona House holds bill to restrict school comment on elections

A bill that would restrict school officials' ability to comment on political issues, including elections and legislation, was put on hold as opposition to the measure continued to grow.

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Role of Baltimore City school police shifts

The role of police in the city's schools will change under a new proposal. Under the new plan, officers will be allowed to keep their weapons. School officials said the main focus is to deal with truancy in the city with more visibility and presence in schools.

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