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Parents to boycott schools over reform plan

A group of Newark parents announced that their children will boycott Newark public schools at the start of the new school year. “NPS Boycott 4 Freedom” is a response to “One Newark,” a school reform plan set to take effect next month that will restructure or shut down a third of schools in the city’s state-run public school district.

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Voters in Idaho's largest district turn down $104 million school bond

West Ada School District’s attempt to ease overcrowding with new schools failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage with low voter turnout. The district had planned for three new schools and a high school upgrade to take care of the influx of students in the area.

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Judge rejects Girard College plan to eliminate high school, boarding

Despite the school’s financial woes, a Philadelphia judge has ruled that Girard College may not drop its high school and boarding programs. The board that oversees the 165-year-old school says the decision threatens its financial stability.

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Napa school district's schools declared safe to re-open following quake

Engineers have finished inspecting 30 schools in Napa and found the quake did not cause any structural damage. Teams of architects and engineers have been examining all of Napa's schools looking for any structural damage following Sunday morning's earthquake.

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Los Angeles Unified halts contract for iPads

The district's superintendent suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came after disclosures of close ties between the superintendent and his top deputy and Apple and Pearson executives.

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Volunteer organization keeps schools in need up to date

Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.

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California bill to restrict charter school locations passed

A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.

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Half-penny sales tax extended to raise $2 billion for Fla. county's schools

Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.

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Contract reached for New York City school agents

New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.

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North Carolina to release school test results

State officials are expected to release information on end-of-grade and end-of-course testing in area schools next week, but letter grades assigned to schools won’t be released until next year. It will include graduation rates, end-of-grade proficiency, end-of-course proficiency and some other measures.

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