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Low birth rates among factors influencing Michigan school enrollment

Michigan's student population has been gradually shrinking for years. The state has 1,550,802 students this school year, down more than 51,000 from five years ago and down 13,312 from 2013-14. There are major financial consequences to losing students, since Michigan's education funding is primarily based on how many students are enrolled in a district.

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Concussion lawsuits rankle school groups

A former high school student is suing the Illinois High School Association over its head-injury policies, making it the first state association that could face class-action scrutiny and the latest football governing body to be sued over concussions.

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In marathon session, Wisconsin lawmakers tackle school vouchers

The schools plan by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee would boost spending on public schools instead of cutting it by $127 million over two years as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed. It would also require the state to come up with education guidelines separate from the Common Core standards.

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Charters might move into closed Chicago public schools

Chicago's public school system is contemplating reversing a decision to not allow the sale of any vacant school properties to charter schools since the mass closings of schools in 2013. Taxpayers end up paying extra to charter schools who are forced to rent on the private market in addition to paying to maintain the 40 empty school buildings the city already owns.

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Record number of New York school budgets approved

A record 99 percent of school budgets passed in New York with just nine spending plans rejected. New York's nearly 700 school districts proposed an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent.

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Tattooed Jesus, yoga and religion in schools

Legal battles over when and where to draw the church-state line on school endorsement of religion can be a nightmare for administrators, a headache for judges and a payday for lawyers. Government neutrality toward religion is an essential condition of religious freedom — especially in public schools where impressionable young people are a captive audience.

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Pouting state board of education shirks its charter school duty

Public charter schools are coming to Alabama, and they deserve a State Board of Education interested in the makeup of the commission that will make the critical decision about charter authorizations. That isn't a role the leaders of Alabama's public education system should reject or treat with apathy; they should embrace it.

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Could autonomy, mastery and purpose be the keys to motivating students?

Teachers are preparing students for a world in which the jobs increasingly require problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Many schools are trying to mirror that sort of thinking in the classroom, but many students have very little autonomy, mastery or purpose with which to develop intrinsic motivation.

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New alliance provides high school students with electronic academic credentials

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Parchment as its premier provider for the transmission of electronic academic credentials - including transcripts - for the nearly 1,400 public school districts and charter schools using SunGard K-12’s eSchoolPLUS student information system.

Resources for students with disabilities available in OpenEd library

PowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities have been added to OpenEd's library. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the online resource at the American Institutes for Research provides customizable materials, lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more.