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Activists continue on hunger strike to save neighborhood school

Walter H. Dyett High School, which has been plagued by poor performance and low enrollment, was targeted for a three-year phaseout that would have closed the Chicago school this year. Activists in the 10-day hunger strike are pushing for the district to save and transform the troubled school.

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Judge decides against reducing funding to charter schools

A judge has ruled against an effort to cut funding to charter schools in the Chester Upland School District. To save money, the cash-strapped Pennsylvania district asked a judge to step in and allow it to reduce funding charter schools receive for children with learning disabilities to be in line with what non-charter schools receive.

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Chicago school budget approved amid protests, hunger strike

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts. The budget calls for $200 million in cuts and approval of more than $1 billion in bonds, after the board agreed to $1.2 billion last month.

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Nebraska releases school test scores

Nearly three of every four public school students in Nebraska met state standards in 2015, according to the state education commissioner. Overall this year, more Nebraska students met the state standards in reading, writing, math and science.

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Declining kindergarten numbers in Idaho

There are about 1,000 fewer kindergartners enrolled in Idaho's public schools this year than last year, continuing a three-year decline in kindergarten enrollment.

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St. Cloud Somalis hope bullying won't return for new school year

About 20 percent of the students at Tech High are Somali. Following a bullying incident, the Minnesota district has been scrambling to address the criticism. It's added community and school liaison positions, more cultural awareness training for teachers and other moves designed to build closer ties between the school staff and the growing Somali student body.

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Worrying about child's safety at school

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

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Georgia school students getting poorer

The latest numbers from several groups show an estimated 63 percent increase in students living in school districts with at least 20 percent of students in poverty since 2006. Several groups are now pushing for more “flexibility” in spending, arguing that students in high-poverty schools require more services and money, but often get less than their better off peers.

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Illinois governor signs law limiting school discipline

Under the new legislation, students can only be suspended, expelled or referred to an alternative school if all other "appropriate and available" alternatives are exhausted. Additionally, the bill provides struggling students with academic and behavioral supports, and promotes fairness by holding public schools and charter schools to the same standards for school discipline.

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School year begins, but districts are short on teachers

Hundreds of thousands of North Carolina public school students return to the classroom Monday. But many districts are still scrambling to find teachers for them. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district is among many districts seeing an increase in the number of open teaching positions with 68 current vacancies.

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