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Cory Uselton elected as DeSoto County superintendent of education

Cory Uselton, the current DeSoto Central High School principal, will replace current Superintendent Milton Kuykendall, set to retire in December. On August 4, Mississippi residents headed to the polls but failed to give any candidate the percentage needed to become the new leader for Mississippi's largest school district. Following a runoff election this week, Uselton won.

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Alabama charter schools won't open until 2017

The state won't see its first charter schools until 2017, state officials said during the first meeting of the Alabama Charter School Commission. Now that the new Alabama charter law is in place, the newly formed commission will have to design ways of assessing those schools almost from scratch.

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Utah district proposes building multiple new schools to accommodate growth

The Jordan School District, one of the state’s largest districts, will be building four new elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school over the next five years. Nearly 53,000 students are enrolled in the district this year. That’s 1,000 more than last year.

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Inquiry is emphasis of new N.Y. charter school

A hands-on approach to learning is what sets Buffalo's Charter School of Inquiry apart from other charter schools, say organizers. Inquiry will be the primary method of instruction there, and students will be encouraged to ask questions, explore, analyze and do their own research.

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Controversial Houston Arabic school shows why school choice matters

One of the first Arabic immersion schools in the nation opened in Houston. Immediately, the school was subject to controversy. In a country as diverse as the United States, schools with different specialties are needed to give students an effective education.

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Texas school districts considering carbon monoxide detectors after leak

More districts are considering putting in carbon monoxide detectors after a leak at a Dallas elementary school back in March. While Keller ISD already has detectors in all its schools, Fort Worth ISD and Dallas ISD plan to install them in all their schools this fall. Denton ISD is looking into it as well.

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ACLU sues state to drop private school payments

Nevada’s new program paying students $5,000 to switch to private school hasn’t started yet but it’s already at threat of being killed. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada will file a lawsuit claiming it violates the Nevada Constitution by using public money to fund religious schools.

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CDC gives schools good grades for nutrition

Schools are making progress in their efforts to boost the nutritional quality of breakfasts and lunches served in their cafeterias, according to a new federal report. However, the one diet-improving practice that schools were least likely to have adopted was offering self-service salad bars.

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Study tracks racial gap in school discipline

Schools in 13 Southern states were responsible for more than half of all suspensions and exclusions of African-American students nationwide, according to a new study that examined more than 3,000 school districts in those states.

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City to ease hiring rules for applicants with criminal records

Baltimore school officials are seeking to relax hiring rules to make applicants with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions — such as drug possession and burglary — eligible for jobs renovating school buildings. The proposal comes as the school district embarks on a $1 billion plan to renovate and rebuild more than two dozen schools over the next decade.

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