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Chicago's school system to run out of cash this summer, report says

The Chicago Public Schools will run out of cash as early as this summer and be unable to meet payroll, pension and debt payments without third-party intervention or a significant cost deferral, according to a new report.

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School Net goal revised by state

Arkansas plans for its upgraded school broadband network to initiate at twice the speed originally planned and 40 times faster than the existing network. The $6 million upgrade cost will be covered by delayed reimbursements for existing school broadband capacity from the federal government's E-rate program.

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Charter school advocates express concern about more restrictive charter bills

The Rhode Island Mayoral Academies lobbied against Rhode Island legislation, which would require local approval for new and expanding charter schools. Concerns are being raised about possible negative consequences, including fiscal issues for schools already in the process of adding grades.

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Texas turns away from criminal student truancy courts

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures.

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Commission unveils recommendations for new Pa. school funding formula

A school district’s enrollment, relative wealth and its ability to generate local tax revenue are at the heart of a school funding formula proposed by the state's Basic Education Funding Commission. Pennsylvania is one of only a few states without a consistent formula.

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Pearson to sell PowerSchool to Vista Equity Partners

Pearson is selling its PowerSchool business to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $350 million. The PowerSchool student information systems (SIS) supported 15 million students in 73 countries in 2014. The transaction also includes other SIS businesses including PowerSchool SMS, Gradespeed and eSIS Forms.

Settlement reached to overhaul Mississippi juvenile courts

The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the state to overhaul the way young people are arrested and processed through the juvenile courts. The deal follows a federal report which uncovered systemic violations of due process rights of juveniles for minor infractions such as truancy or wearing the wrong clothes to school.

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Districts of Distinction: Paving new paths to success

The 30 school systems honored in this round of our Districts of Distinction national recognition program have shown courage and creativity in launching initiatives that have narrowed achievement gaps, enhanced professional development and brought greater equity to education.

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Net-zero schools save big

Districts recovering from the recession and in need of new buildings and renovations can save money over time by building net-zero energy schools, architects say. A net-zero building produces more energy than it consumes within the course of a year.

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Investing in sustainable schools with no upfront costs

New partnerships between districts and energy service companies provide much-needed funding for school sustainability upgrades that can range from installing efficient lighting to renovating entire buildings.