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Chicago Public Schools proposes bare-bones capital budget

Citing its bleak finances, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a $160 million capital budget that officials said will largely cover only projects that are already underway and the most pressing repairs and maintenance issues at schools.

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Alabama superintendents taking stance against ‘raids’ on education dollars

“I remained silent on repealing Common Core and charter school legislation, but it’s time to clearly communicate that we oppose funding items in the Education Trust Fund budget that have nothing to do with education,” Limestone County Superintendent Thomas Sisk said.

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Toledo Public Schools to put nurses in all schools daily

In the fall, there will be 48 nurses employed by the district, ensuring that every school building — from high school to elementary — has a full-time nurse. A local health-care company will donate $600,000 annually over the next three years to help cover the cost of hiring 12 new nurses.

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Nevada schools won't be rated this year

The Nevada State Board of Education unanimously granted the reprieve as problems plague the state's standardized tests, which were done online for the first time this year. These annual tests – given in third through eighth grade – were previously done with paper and pencil.

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Report: Education lobbyists top spenders in Albany

As controversy over the new Common Core standards and the related standardized tests reached a peak, the No. 1 biggest spender is a pro-charter school organization, Families for Excellent Schools, which spent more than $9.5 million

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Louisiana bill would bar schools from suspending youngest students

Instead of suspending or expelling students in kindergarten through third grade, the legislation says schools should impose a loss of privileges on students, refer them to counselors or social workers and seek other interventions that would keep the students inside the school system.

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Playground time can be scarce at overcrowded Charlotte schools

Playground time is an iconic part of elementary school life. But on overcrowded campuses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, time on the classic schoolyard ladders, chutes and slides can be hard to come by.

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Cleveland's worst schools are improving, but is it enough?

The Cleveland school district's school improvement plans are already making the city's most-struggling schools better, teachers told the school board last week. The school district also says the school turnaround efforts rolled out over the last two years are bringing changes. But are they?

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Chicago schools decline to offer extra year on teachers contract

Chicago Public Schools officials will not offer teachers an additional year on their current contract, saying the district cannot afford a built-in 3 percent pay hike. The district's decision means negotiations will continue to replace a deal that expires June 30.

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The plan to give e-books to poor children

President Obama announced an initiative that would make $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers for free. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers.

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