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Florida teachers union sues over bill expanding school vouchers

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

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Goodwill receives approval for Tennessee adult charter school

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

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Last school fires Connecticut charter group FUSE

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

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Federal complaint investigates over Houston school closures

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

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Study finds unintended consequences of raising graduation requirements

Raising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in American Educational Research Association's Educational Researcher.

Edmodo launches insight tool for teachers and administrators

Edmodo released Snapshot, a formative assessment tool designed to provide real-time insight into student proficiency in educational standards and help teachers immediately address any learning gaps. Built directly into the Edmodo platform, Snapshot is customized for both teachers and administrators.

McGraw-Hill Education CTB releases 2014 OECD Test for Schools results

McGraw-Hill Education CTB announced the completion of the first cycle of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s new OECD Test for Schools benchmarking tool. The 2014 results provide schools with insights into student performance in reading, science and mathematics relative to international results from the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Why poor schools can’t win at standardized testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

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Mass. senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

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Farming for the summer

Forty high school students from Tennessee and Kentucky spent their summer growing healthy food for themselves and the poor and homeless in their community.