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Virginia selected for school broadband pilot project

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership with a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improving Internet access in public schools. The pilot project with EducationSuperHighway will wire Virginia for broadband, starting with schools. Virginia was selected, in part, because data suggest its schools pay more for Internet service and network connectivity.

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Parents steal thousands of dollars from school booster clubs

Schools are strapped for cash and cutting back, so students are relying more on booster clubs to raise money. The clubs are usually nonprofits run by parents. An NBC News investigation found dozens of cases where some of those parents were stealing from the kids — tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Indiana district votes to close six school buildings

The Gary School Board voted to close six school buildings, including three elementary schools, a special needs center, a middle school and the Lew Wallace STEM Academy. Twelve schools will remain open. The city has lost 50 percent of its population, 60 percent of the staff does not live in the city, and the tax collection is at 42 percent.

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Maine’s first virtual school nearly 50 percent short on enrollment

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to extend the enrollment deadline after Maine’s first virtual charter school reached a June 1 deadline nearly 50 percent short of the 243 students it’s required to enroll for the next school year. As a result, districts that will lose funding for students who switch to the online school may have less time to plan or adjust their budgets.

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In Wyoming, females more likely to complete high school

High school graduation rates in Wyoming continue to slip this year. Wyoming's high school graduation rate show that females are more likely to graduate from high school than their male peers. In addition, the graduation rate among Native American students is at its lowest point in four years at 42 percent.

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Report backs autonomy for schools in Boston

Boston should unshackle schools from union-contract provisions and central-office mandates that undermine teaching and learning and instead let all of them operate autonomously, much like charter schools, according to a report released by The Boston Foundation.

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Florida county considers ending tradition of valedictorians, salutatorians

In Florida's Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year's freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups by Latin terms signifying achievement levels.

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After two decades, state may give Paterson partial control of schools

Paterson education officials may soon regain partial control over city schools for the first time in 23 years. The New Jersey Board of Education will vote on a resolution this week that would give the city's nine elected school commissioners control over operations while leaving the most important functions in the state’s hands.

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Alarming number of urban teachers are "chronically absent"

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.

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Expelling preschoolers is a big problem

With a disproportionate number of black kids being suspended or expelled from preschool, expulsion can be an early step into the pipeline that funnels black youngsters from school to prison. Expulsion can create an emotional scarring from which they never recover. At the very least, it pushes them further behind the learning curve and closer to dropping out of school.

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