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Charter school bill approved by Alabama Senate committee

The Senate committee approved legislation to allow districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years. It would also exempt charter schools from several education laws, including teacher certification.

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Texas Senate panel approves graduation exam exemption bill

Senate Education Committee members approved legislation that would allow thousands of high school seniors to get a diploma without passing state graduation exams — a requirement that has been in place for 28 years.

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Two southwest Missouri districts approve 4-day school week

Students in Miller and Pierce City will have four-day school weeks and Stockton also is considering a Tuesday through Friday schedule starting next school year. Districts explored the option as a way to save money, better engage students and keep quality teachers.

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Calif. lawmakers push for 'yes means yes' consent law at high schools

California lawmakers are pushing to expand legislation on consent for sex to high schools, as part of ongoing efforts to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The recently adopted “yes means yes” bill establishes an affirmative consent standard for sexual assault investigations at all state colleges that accept public funds.

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New York City public schools to have Muslim holidays off

The city's public schools will now observe two Muslim holidays, making the nation's biggest district one of the few to put Islamic holy days on its calendar. There will be no class for Eid al-Adha starting this September, while Eid al-Fitr will become a holiday for those in summer school starting in 2016.

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118 city schools apply for PROSE program

The New York City public schools have applied for the PROSE program, which will allow them to experiment with new teacher work rules such as teacher schedules and class sizes.

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Texas Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled key portions of the upper chamber's education agenda, reviving proposals to "unshackle" innovative, successful schools while holding those that are underperforming.

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Fla. testing glitches continue, governor asked to suspend school testing

Several Florida school districts have reported issues with computerized testing for the second straight day, despite assurances from state education officials that Florida Standards Assessment problems that arose Monday had been fixed.

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Pennsylvania governor's budget focused on education

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes, but use much of that new money to give school districts almost $4 billion for property tax breaks.

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Tommy Chang chosen as new Boston school superintendent

The Boston School Committee selected LAUSD administrator Tommy Chang as the city’s next superintendent, bringing to an end a nearly 18-month search. Chang has been working with more than 130 low-achieving schools as an instructional superintendent in LAUSD’s Intensive Support and Innovation Center.

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