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Miami-Dade County Public Schools adds 53 new programs

The additional programs brings the number of choice programs available up to 500 for the large Florida county's students. Wi-Fi on school buses is also on the list of new options for the new school year.

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North Carolina school districts fail to meet security deadline

First responders need to know how to get inside when responding to emergencies and where to go. However, 39 out of North Carolina's 115 districts failed to submit detailed digital blueprints of all their campuses to local and state emergency management officials by the June 1 deadline.

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Orange County schools monitor students' social media posts

Controversy surrounds the Florida school district's decision to monitor students' and teachers' social media posts. The software program being used allows the school district to search thousands of posts on sites to hunt for keywords that might indicate potential dangers, including cyberbullying, suicide and crime.

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How much space does a school need? NYC agrees to tweak its answers

The city has agreed to amend how it calculates the amount of available space in school buildings, which are often shared by multiple schools. It has also agreed to consider bigger adjustments to the city’s school-space tally, like factoring in how many special-needs students a school serves when calculating how much space it requires.

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Palm Beach County school board seeks solutions to racial disparities

A commissioned report reiterated the longstanding problem of racial disparities in student success in the distrct. The preliminary study included a few suggestions, such as hiring more minority teachers as well as more teachers of English as a second language.

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Oklahoma withholds school graduation rates

The state Department of Education refuses to release the 2013-14 graduation rates for 58 percent of the state’s public school districts and charter schools, mostly smaller ones. The department says that according to its legal interpretation, doing so would violate a state law meant to protect student privacy.

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Injunction in Virginia transgender student's lawsuit not likely

A federal judge stated that it was "highly unlikely" that he will grant a preliminary injunction requiring Gloucester County Public Schools to allow a transgender student to use boys' restrooms this fall. The judge did dismiss the Title IX discrimination claims in the lawsuit, saying the federal law allows schools to have separate restrooms based on sex.

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Massachusetts tops best school systems rankings while Alaska falls short

The WalletHub rankings took into account 13 metrics on school quality and safety, including dropout rates, pupil-teacher ratio, math and reading test scores, average SAT scores, graduation rate and number of bullying incidents.

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The struggle to breathe life back into empty schools

Empty buildings are difficult to secure, they can attract crime, and they fall apart quickly. So St. Louis Public Schools rounded up a group of volunteer architects, contractors and community health experts to pitch developers and lure investors into doing something with these places.

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As school approaches, officials deal with bus driver shortage

It’s getting more difficult to fill bus driver positions in Pennsylvania. The state now requires 10 intricate forms - from sex abuse clearances to FBI fingerprinting - that can take months of processing by the state in addition to CDL training and testing.

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