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ACLU protests distribution of Bibles at South Dakota school

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is urging the Miller School District, a central South Dakota school district, to reverse its decision to allow the distribution of Bibles to fifth-graders. Aside from reversing the Bible distribution decision, the ACLU is also asking the board to craft policies on the distribution of non-school materials that meet legal standards.

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Pennsylvania city school board to vote on students' bill of rights

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools plans to vote this month on whether to add a student bill of rights - written by students - to the student code of discipline.

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Transgender controversy reopens Kentucky discrimination debate

A Louisville high school finds itself embroiled in a debate over gender identity and discrimination after complaints that a transgender student is being allowed to use the girls' facilities. The incident has reopened the debate about whether Jefferson County Public Schools should explicitly include transgender students and employees in the district's nondiscrimination policy.

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Civil rights suit alleges Louisiana's school closures discriminate

A national coalition filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging Louisiana's school closure policies discriminate against black children. It says the state shuts down conventional New Orleans schools that are almost entirely black even when they show improvement, while giving poorly performing white schools a pass.

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California governor offers schools a bitter pill to heal CalSTRS

CalSTRS, the California teacher retirement fund, holds nearly $74 billion less in assets than it needs to meet its pension obligations, and the gap is growing by $22 million daily. Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposes to bring in more pension contributions from teachers, taxpayers and school districts.

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School discipline policies creating a new separate and unequal

Harsh and unequal school discipline practices in a number of South Carolina communities disproportionately push out black and Latino students from the classroom into the criminal justice system. In order to enable all children to succeed, we need them to stay in school.

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Texas public school students gain access to Gale's database

As part of a new agreement between Cengage Learning's Gale and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, more than 5 million Texas public school students in more than 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

New professional development publications from ASCD

ASCD released four new titles that support academic achievement, including two professional development titles about best practices and strategies and two ASCD Arias publications.

Minnesota rejects four-day school weeks

The brief experiment by a handful of school districts to switch to four-day school weeks apparently is coming to an end. Although district officials maintain shorter weeks save money and are popular with families and teachers, state Department of Education officials didn't see any increase in test scores in recent years.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires Channel One News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Channel One News. The digital content provider produces daily news programs that are broadcast to nearly five million students via satellite and online at ChannelOne.com.