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Philadelphia City Council agrees to borrow $30M to aid schools

At the last possible moment, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday came up with the money that a struggling School District had been pleading for.

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Civil rights lessons in Mississippi schools inconsistent

Although Mississippi became one of the first states to make civil rights education mandatory in schools, starting in 2011, the state offers no specific training in it for teachers and doesn't track how much or how little civil rights education is being taught.

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Some Maine schools still making up snow days

Tomorrow is the official first day of summer, but some schools in the area are still in session, making up snow days they took during this past brutal winter.

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Homelessness exploding in suburban Indiana schools

A record 16,223 students in Indiana schools were homeless in 2012-13 — that's up 121 percent since 2006-07, according to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Education.

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Michigan spends $1B on charter schools but fails to hold them accountable

Michigan taxpayers pour nearly $1 billion a year into charter schools — but state laws regulating charters are among the nation’s weakest, and the state demands little accountability in how taxpayer dollars are spent and how well children are educated.

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Monkimun releases new Chinese learning mobile app

Monkimun, a game studio that designs language educational games for children, has released Monki Chinese Class, the first free application in its new line of Monki Class products. Monki Chinese Class, available in the Apple App Store, is an app that teaches third-graders and older how to write basic Mandarin Chinese.

ETS launches new website for K12 science assessments

ETS's Research & Development Division has launched a new website designed to inform science educators and researchers of ETS's work developing science assessments for the primary and secondary school levels. The site is a result of the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) initiative.

Pearson launches integrated data sharing service

Pearson is integrating its GradPoint and PowerSchool applications, allowing customers to synch course and student data on a regular basis. PowerSchool is a web-based student information system while GradPoint is a collection of more than 200 standards-based online courses for students in grades six through 12.

Disabled students in N.J. gain equal access to athletics

Students with disabilities are about to gain equal access to school sports in New Jersey. A new bill instructs districts to work with disabled students, families and community advocates to identify opportunities for participation in physical education and extracurricular sports.

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Bill package considered to improve special education services

A Washington, D.C., council committee is taking up a package of bills intended to improve services for special-education students. Among other things, the legislation would establish the procedural safeguards that exist for parents in jurisdictions with more effective special education programs.

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