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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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Judges rule against letting public see teachers' performance in Los Angeles

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling.The panel accepted the district's contention that releasing the names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, and interfere with teacher recruitment.

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Texas delays rollout of new teacher evaluations

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system. The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.

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Claims of racial discrimination investigated in Newark school reorganization

Federal officials are investigating claims that the New Jersey city's school reorganization plan discriminates against its African-American students. The controversial plan consolidates and relocates one-quarter of the schools in the state-run district.

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$5.8 billion budget approved by Chicago's school board

The Illinois city's $5.8 billion operating budget and $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments has been approved. The budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year has been criticized for making cuts to neighborhood schools, increasing spending for privately run charters, and adding two months to the fiscal year to to help cover an $862 million shortfall.

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Pittsburgh school board rejects charter school expansion

Pittsburgh Public Schools board has unanimously rejected expansion plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year and approved changes proposed by two other charter schools.

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Lowest-performing Fla. elementary schools must add time to school day

Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must provide an extra hour of daily reading instruction for the 2014-15 school year. The schools landed on the state's list of lowest-performing elementary schools because so many of their students did poorly on Florida's reading tests this spring.

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As poverty rises, 35 schools in Iowa district give free meals to all

Officials have determined that most students at 35 of Des Moines' schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the free breakfast and lunch service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it. District leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs.

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