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Six percent of Connecticut districts get an F in new report cards

Out of the 944 Connecticut public schools graded by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, 63 schools across the state have received failing grades in a new report card project issued by the organization.

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Lawsuit filed against Florida's voucher program

The state's largest school-voucher program, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program, is unconstitutional because it redirects taxpayer money to religious schools and creates a separate system of state-funded schools, according to a lawsuit filed by the teachers union and others.

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Education department rebukes Oklahoma for dropping Common Core

The U.S. Department of Education stripped Oklahoma of the authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned Common Core standards. According to the administration, the No Child Left Behind Act-related sanctions are being imposed because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standards were preparing students for college and careers.

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NAACP, parents criticize Calif. district for allowing school police to carry rifles

Compton Unified School District board passed a policy in July allowing school police officers to carry AR-15 rifles. NAACP members and parents called the action excessive and unnecessary and demanded the school board rescind the policy at least until parents had voiced their concerns.

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School discipline disparities investigated by Georgia state committee

A Georgia Senate committee began looking into how children are punished and expelled from school. They're also looking at whether race plays a part in school discipline issues, prompted by criticism that the disparities in discipline across the state are harmful to certain groups.

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Lee County makes history, opts out of state-mandated tests

The Florida county made history when they voted to become the first school district in Florida to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests.

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Judge declares public school financing system unconstitutional

A Texas state district judge has ruled that the state’s funding of public schools is unconstitutional. The decision found that the Texas school finance system in effect imposed a state property tax in violation of the Texas Constitution since districts do not control local property taxes.

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In New Jersey, district to turn cafeterias into 'retail food courts'

Hamilton district’s new food vendor is looking to turn the cafeterias in the district's 24 school into a "retail food court" concept, a place where students are drawn to healthier food options as their parents become more savvy about the nutritional content of their children’s lunches.

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Getting to school safely a higher priority than academics for Detroit parents

When it comes to education, it appears that just getting your child to school safely, is among the highest priorities for Detroit public school parents. The district has created so-called “safe routes” for students, with better lighting and security, in addition to removing blight around area schools.

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La. school voucher program gets C grade on national report card

Louisiana's high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing "excessively burdensome" financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems.

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