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Houston school district aiming to recruit North Carolina’s teachers

North Carolina teachers struggling with low salaries and repeated pay freezes are being lured from the state with an appealing offer: For a substantial raise, come teach in Texas.

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Ohio school district may lease mineral rights to gas and oil industry

During its regular meeting on Thursday evening, the board learned that mineral rights to the land on which school property sits are being released to the district.

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Mississippi school districts struggle with unfunded mandates

There was some complaining during Hattiesburg Public School District’s budget hearing earlier this month. It came when chief financial officer Terry Stennis was talking about the $18.6 million the district was getting from the state.

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Georgia's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state’s education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

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Washington state, U.S. Department of Education still at odds over "No Child" law

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to give schools a break from student-testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law appears to be working in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

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California schools face lawsuit over physical education classes

Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.

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Balancing special-education needs with rising costs

For decades, parents of special-education students nationwide have been able to seek private schooling at no extra cost at public expense when public schools fail to meet their needs.

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Miami Dade County gives nod to a new school budget

Miami-Dade County School Board members gave preliminary approval to a $2.9 billion general fund budget and slightly lower tax rate. Included in the budget is funding for new initiatives, such as providing digital textbooks and mobile tablets for students.

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Pennsylvania court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

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Judge rejects North Carolina parents’ latest move to stop redistricting

A judge rejected the latest effort by Union County parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan. The redistricting was designed to ease overcrowding by sending several thousand students to less-crowded schools. Much of the overcrowding is in the fast-growing western portion of the county.

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