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Prison time cut for several teachers in Atlanta cheating scandal

A judge cut prison sentences by more than half for three former Atlanta educators convicted in a cheating scandal. The former administrators were each given three years in prison rather than the seven years they received at the original sentencing.

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Ohio state panel recommends fewer tests

Students would take fewer tests and they would be administered closer to the end of the school year under an Ohio legislative panel's recommendations. The committee also said the state should find new vendors if the companies that provide the current tests don’t revamp them.

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Maine high school basketball to expand to five classes

The Maine Principals’ Association approved expanding the state’s high school basketball ranks from four to five classes beginning next winter. The five-class format was developed largely to address changing demographics throughout the state, including a shrinking student base and a southward population migration.

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School breakfast bill clears Nevada Senate

A new bill will implement a $2 million grant program so more schools can offer breakfast in school. Schools where 70 percent of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches would be eligible for grants to help them implement the program.

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Colorado bill to raise school's liability moves out of House committee

An amended version of a bill that would allow victims and relatives of school violence to sue school districts passed out of committee in the Colorado House. The bill would raise a school's responsibility for safety to a duty of "reasonable care" and creates an exemption to governmental immunity that protects against most lawsuits.

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Michigan's plan would create new debt-free Detroit school system

Gov. Rick Snyder announced a sweeping overhaul of Detroit's education system, including a proposal to split Detroit Public Schools in two as a way to eliminate its crippling debt but at the expense of other districts across Michigan.

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Alternative school financing supported by Nebraska Supreme Court

The state's top court upheld the ability of school districts to use an alternative form of financing to build school additions that doesn’t require voter approval. It has implications for districts across the state that build additions or purchase equipment through lease-purchase arrangements instead of by issuing bonds.

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Proposed school construction could exceed $100 million for Colo. district

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

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Michigan's highest court makes 'historic' visit to Pioneer High School

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments during a visit to the Ann Arbor high school in an effort to introduce students to the workings of the state's highest appellate court.

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Alaska governor cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

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