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N.C. Education Lottery to contribute record amount to education initiatives

The North Carolina Education Lottery is on the verge of cracking $2 billion in gross revenue, which allowed it to contribute a record $522 million to education initiatives in the state last year.

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Testing concerns dominate Pennsylvania House Education Committee hearing

Department of Education officials said Wednesday that the state spent $50 million to administer PSSAs and Keystones last year, according to the Morning Call.

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Chicago Public Schools to change start times at 82 schools

Chicago Public Schools has changed the bell schedules at 82 schools in a move the district says will save $13.5 million by reducing transportation costs.

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R.I. education’s biggest battle is playing out at one school

Three districts are embroiled in a court battle over the opening of a new charter school in Woonsocket in what is shaping up to become a major flashpoint in the state’s ongoing battle over education reform.

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N.Y. school boards say zero growth tax cap could squeeze budgets

While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now. The state’s tax cap limits increases in property taxes to 2 percent or the rise in inflation, whichever is lower.

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New school study shows racial differences in discipline treatment

Underprivileged schools with higher levels of black students were more likely to use criminalized discipline, such as suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement. With white students, it was more likely that schools searched for solutions through medical attention or psychological intervention, according to data from 60,000 schools in 6,000 schools districts.

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Maryland increases high school drop-out age to 17

The new Age of Compulsory School Attendance law, which was signed into law in 2012, has now raised the compulsory school attendance age to 17. In 2017, the age will be raised again, to 18.

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One course required for extracurricular participation, S.D. district school board says

The Pierre School District's board passed an amendment requiring home and private-school students to take at least one course through the school district to participate in an extracurricular activity.

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Boston public schools working to upgrade the cafeteria

Hot dogs and fruit juice would disappear from Boston school menus this fall, and chicken breasts and fish would often replace chicken nuggets under proposals by the School Department and a community advisory council to provide students with healthier dining options.

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Florida’s virtual school options boom

The state has embraced online learning in a big way with the largest virtual school system in the country. Upward of 200,000 students take at least one online course, a surge driven by the 2011 Florida Digital Learning Act requiring at least one online course to graduate.

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