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Marijuana, cigarette, alcohol use down among high school-aged teens

Alcohol and cigarette use among middle school and high school students is the lowest it's been since at least 1975, while marijuana use and the use of other illicit drugs have also decreased from 2013 to 2014, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Texas state senator files bills to prod lawmakers on school finance

Sen. Kirk Watson, a senior state senator who wants to force a legislative conversation on school finance, filed a spate of bills that would funnel millions more state dollars to public education.

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Children across New York able to enroll, regardless of immigration status

The New York State Board of Regents approved an amended regulation that will allow students to enroll in schools regardless of immigration status. The board adopted a revised regulation that brings more clarity and uniformity to the registration processes of schools across the state.

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Georgia school scores drop in 2014

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Education shows that schools across the state suffered drops in performance. The statewide score for the College and Career Ready Performance Index dropped from 2012-13’s 75.8 to 72 in the 2013-14 school year. The average score for elementary schools dipped from 77.8 to 72.6 and from 74.6 to 73.2 for middle schools.

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Minneapolis fire department gets creative recruiting teens

So many in the ranks of the fire and police departments across Minneapolis' metro area are retiring that it is causing concern. Those retirements are part of the reason why the fire department launched a first-of-its-kind program, recruiting inner-city teens with a class specifically for seniors. It starts in a classroom at Roosevelt High School.

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Recovery School District can't find $7 million in property, audit says

Louisiana's Recovery School District can't locate $7 million in property, including computers and equipment, according to a new audit. The review says the number of missing items has grown significantly since last year.

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School officials charged with stealing school funds in Pennsylvania

Two former ranking officials at the Coatesville Area School District mismanaged and misappropriated school funds while their struggling school system sunk deeper into debt, the Chester County district attorney alleged.

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High transportation costs, low tax revenues creating school funding inequity

Disproportionately high transportation costs and low property tax revenues are creating funding inequities among Iowa school districts, state lawmakers acknowledged. Yet the message that came from school officials was far simpler: Whatever the funding level, it must dispensed in a more timely manner.

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Handwriting expert to analyze altered tests at Seattle school

An investigation into suspicious test booklets from Beacon Hill International School is intensifying as school district officials bring in a handwriting expert to try and figure out who may have tampered with students' answers.

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Utah schools get two report cards

Utah’s public schools were hit with two performance reports with the new PACE report card and the SAGE school grading system. This year’s results largely mirror last year's grade distribution. Education officials and lawmakers agreed to mitigate the effects of the new SAGE test, which is more difficult and resulted in most students falling short of grade-level expectations.

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