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No pullback on need for testing, school accountability in Oregon

While the new Smarter Balanced teacher evaluation tool still incorporates student test scores as an accountability factor, it's up to teachers and their supervisors to customize what the goals are and what should be considered a sign of student growth.

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Injunction in Virginia transgender student's lawsuit not likely

A federal judge stated that it was "highly unlikely" that he will grant a preliminary injunction requiring Gloucester County Public Schools to allow a transgender student to use boys' restrooms this fall. The judge did dismiss the Title IX discrimination claims in the lawsuit, saying the federal law allows schools to have separate restrooms based on sex.

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Massachusetts tops best school systems rankings while Alaska falls short

The WalletHub rankings took into account 13 metrics on school quality and safety, including dropout rates, pupil-teacher ratio, math and reading test scores, average SAT scores, graduation rate and number of bullying incidents.

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The struggle to breathe life back into empty schools

Empty buildings are difficult to secure, they can attract crime, and they fall apart quickly. So St. Louis Public Schools rounded up a group of volunteer architects, contractors and community health experts to pitch developers and lure investors into doing something with these places.

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School of choice, or a revolving door?

More and more Michigan families are opting to move their children out of the schools they would attend by residency to neighboring districts through the state’s popular school of choice program. But a new study reveals that fewer than half stay in that neighboring district.

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As school approaches, officials deal with bus driver shortage

It’s getting more difficult to fill bus driver positions in Pennsylvania. The state now requires 10 intricate forms - from sex abuse clearances to FBI fingerprinting - that can take months of processing by the state in addition to CDL training and testing.

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$193 million school bond heads to vote in Redwood City

The California district faces substantial demand for campus and classroom improvements. Under a facilities master plan approved by the board in May, there are almost $400 million worth of fixes necessary to update district campuses, so another future bond measure would likely be required.

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Miami-Dade schools face legal tab in charter school case

An administrative law judge said that the Florida district should pay $233,000 in attorneys’ fees in a case filed by employees who said they faced retaliation for trying to open a charter school.

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Schools face the teen cutting problem

Schools around the country have begun offering new classes and mental-health programs to help stem a sharp rise in the number of adolescents found to be engaging in self injury, especially cutting.

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Indiana school gets $1.6 million grant for tornado safe-room

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Salem Community Schools $1.6 million to build a tornado safe-room at an elementary school in an area prone to tornadoes and severe storms.

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