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Pennsylvania law: criminal checks for school parents?

A new law is so sweeping school officials are wondering whether a homeroom parent would need to be fingerprinted before passing out cupcakes. The new background-check requirements would apply to a wide array of adults who interact with children: school volunteers, parents, school officials, teachers, coaches, janitors and chaperones.

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Delaware charter schools' five-mile enrollment policy under scrutiny

Charter schools shouldn't be able to give enrollment preference to students who live within five miles of their campus because doing so is leading to resegregation, some lawmakers and advocates argue.

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Lawmakers forward e-school attendance allegations

Ohio state lawmakers said they have referred allegations to authorities that an online charter school failed to dis-enroll hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls.

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Proposal to change Maine charter school funding advances

The Maine Legislature’s budget-writing committee gave preliminary approval to a new funding mechanism that is designed to ease the financial strain on traditional public schools whose students flock to a nearby charter school or a virtual charter school.

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Chicago Public Schools proposes bare-bones capital budget

Citing its bleak finances, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a $160 million capital budget that officials said will largely cover only projects that are already underway and the most pressing repairs and maintenance issues at schools.

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Drop in San Francisco graduation rate shocks officials

School district leaders had expected to see some impact on graduation and dropout rates given the more rigorous, college-prep graduation requirements that began with the class of 2014. Yet the data shows the graduation rate dipping to 57.3 percent for black students, down from 65.5 a year earlier, and to 61.2 percent for Hispanic students from 68.7.

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Alliance announces new K12 education technology pledge

National Academic Group and 3rd Quote Schools have launched EDU Ready Pledge, a new tool to help schools identify education technology vendors committed to collaborations with schools, open and transparent communication, and business and data ethics.

Teacher dashboard released by Lightspeed Systems

The Teacher Dashboard is a classroom control product that allows teachers to manage devices and student activity, restrict or expand online access, and share educational content from a single dashboard.

New seamless digital signage offering launched

Hypersign collaborated with Google and Samsung Electronics America to debut a new K12 digital signage solution . The bundled offering enables students and staff to receive a range of content on digital signage and desktop PCs, including standard school broadcasts and alerts for emergency preparedness.

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Expand Detroit's revitalization with strong public schools

Detroit Public Schools are struggling academically and are struggling with crushing debt. Less than 10% of high school students are proficient in the vital subjects of math and science, and more than two-thirds are not proficient in the fundamental building block of reading.

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