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New York district considering consolidation of three schools

Western New York's Kenmore-Tonawanda School District is exploring consolidating three elementary schools into one single building. The district has seen an enrollment drop by almost 2,000 students in the past 20 years, prompting the board to examine several scenarios and possible school closings.

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Competing views of teacher tenure are on display in California case

For more than two months, lawyers have been arguing in state court over whether California’s laws governing teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education. By the beginning of July, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge will deliver the first legal ruling on the case.

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South Florida district snuffs out all outdoor smoking

Broward County gave initial approval to a policy that would prevent tobacco products on any school property, even outdoors or while parked inside a car. The current policy allows district employees and parents to smoke in designated areas.

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Ohio city asked to reduce out-of-school suspensions

Racial Justice Now is calling upon the Dayton district to reduce out-of-school suspensions, citing that the district's suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average. In addition, the community activist group said there is a racial disparity, with black students being suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.

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Group seeks charter school for Indiana juvenile center

A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.

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Bill to limit charter growth clears Louisiana committee

The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.

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Illinois bill would limit suspensions, end fines for students

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.

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Tenn. high school graduates to receive free tuition to community colleges

As part of the proposed Tennessee Promise bill, high school graduates will receive free tuition to a community college or technical school in the state. The plan will take effect in fall 2015, funded by $300 million from the state's lottery fund. The state expects 25,000 students to apply at an estimated cost of $34 million a year.

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New Orleans school building repair fund bill clears committee

A bill to maintain the Louisiana city's newly built and renovated public school buildings cleared the House Education Committee. The city is in the middle of an unprecedented school rebuilding plan paid for by $1.8 billion, mostly from FEMA.

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New incentive program increasing attendance in Alaska

The first year of an Anchorage district's perfect attendance incentive program is almost over. Compared to last school year, first quarter absences dropped 21 percent. Over 12,000 elementary students and more than 400 high school students are still eligible for the Disneyland vacation and free car prizes.

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