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57 Michigan school districts in deficit, state says

The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year from 52 to 57 and included Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools.

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Oklahoma considering stronger requirements for school instructional time

An Oregon Department of Education hearing discussED revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law. The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes.

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Alabama lawmakers to bring up charter school bill in 2015

Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that. Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis.

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Overpopulated N.C. schools spur study, forums for redistricting

An agreement between the board of education and Onslow County Board of Commissioners compels school leaders to pursue alternative solutions to enrollment growth before building new schools. The school system is studying reassignment to mitigate years of growth in Jacksonville and Richlands.

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N.Y. district takes state to court over special ed students

East Ramapo officials are again taking the state to court in their battle against what the state says is repeated noncompliance with a law covering disabled students' education.

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Some schools in New Jersey dropping midterms, finals

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

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Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

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N.J. Senate wants to examine later school start times

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

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Mississippi Board of Education releases 'bolder' strategic plan

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

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Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

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