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Pa. board signs off on 100 cuts

A split Allentown School Board approved plans to eliminate 100 positions, including 74 teachers. The job cuts are expected to save $5 million at a time when the district faces a $10.6 million deficit.

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New York charter loses legal battle to stay open

Community Charter School in Buffalo has lost its yearlong battle to stay open. A State Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled in favor of the state Education Department to close the school because of poor student performance.

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ACLU and teen settle with Minn. school over student's online comments

A Minnesota district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The suit claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and emails without permission.

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Yik Yak blocked at 85 percent of nation's high schools

The makers of Yik Yak, a smartphone app blocked in Chicago earlier this month, have extended the block to many of the nation's high schools and middle schools following a bomb scare at a California high school. The social media app works with the GPS in a phone to set up geographical boundaries where users can post anonymously.

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In budget deal, a mixed decision for New York City charter schools

New or expanding charters in New York City will get access to facilities, but existing ones already in private spaces will not receive as much aid in the tentative state budget deal. All charters in the state will receive an extra $1,100 in per-pupil aid from the state that would be spread out over three years.

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Boston approves $975 million school budget

The Boston School Committee has voted to eliminate buses for seventh- and eighth-graders, one of many cuts it approved in a $975 million spending plan for next year. Even though school spending will increase by about 4 percent, it will not be enough to cover rising salaries and other costs, along with a reduction in federal and state aid.

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Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds

A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that excessively punitive policies are being used in the public school system—even against preschoolers. This should shame the nation and force it to re-evaluate the destructive measures that schools are using against their most vulnerable children.

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A Pass Educational Group wins Michigan small business award

A Pass Educational Group, LLC is one of 12 companies in Michigan that has been selected to receive the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Best Small Business Award. These companies were chosen from over 5,500 small businesses that the center provided with counseling and training in 2013.

New reading fluency program from MindPlay

MindPlay announced a new reading fluency with comprehension program for K12 schools, FLRT. This personal trainer for silent reading has been updated for text complexity and to include comprehension. Stories are certified by MetaMetrics to meet Common Core text complexity and Lexile reading level requirements.

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