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Los Angeles plans to give 640,000 students free iPads

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 free iPads this school year under a new $30 million program launched by the district. But that's only the initial phase of the program.

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High schools with late start times help teens but bus schedules can conflict

Decades of sleep research have confirmed what parents know: It's hard for teenagers to wake up early. Some high schools have adopted late starts around 8:30 a.m. to improve attendance and performance.

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Closed Michigan district's 2,200 students, buildings reassigned

In a meeting that saw residents vow to fight for justice and educators fight back tears, the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency board voted to reassign the 2,200 students who attended the Inkster public schools district to four nearby districts.

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Sequester hits Department of Defense-run schools

Although the 200 schools run by the Defense Department plan to make the start of the year as smooth as possible, students will be out of school for five days between the start of classes and Sept. 21 because of employee furloughs.

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Schools watchdog group raps Hoboken (N.J.) pre-K wait list

Dozens of Hoboken parents who registered their 3- and 4-year-olds for pre-kindergarten in the city's public school system were surprised to receive a notice in the mail that said their kids have been placed on a waiting list.

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Chicago Public Schools stands pat on budget cuts despite pressure

Group started by powerful Local School Councils on the North Side has been demanding that CPS reinstate spending for programs like art, music and world language.

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Character education tied to academic achievement, New Orleans panelists say

The debate about New Orleans education reform typically focuses on standardized tests, accountability and teacher assessment. But a panel Thursday highlighted an element that gets less notice in the world at large.

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Columbus schools eat $1.75 million loss on student meals

The deficit has the district considering a new federal program that would require it to serve free lunches and breakfasts to every student, regardless of income, to possibly lose less money.

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Florida shool grades drop under new formula

With public skepticism growing about the validity of Florida’s A-to-F grading system, the dominant question has become: Are public schools really failing, or is it the state’s letter-grade system that deserves an F?

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Sports and clubs at Ohio public schools now open to home-schooled and private school students

Ohio students who are home-schooled or who attend a private school will have the right to participate in extracurricular activities – from sports to marching band to the debate club – at their local public schools starting this fall.

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