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Early look at school grades shows up and downs as Florida pivots to a new system

Tampa Bay area schools saw a variety of results in their state grades delivered to districts, with many showing improvement and several dropping a level. Superintendents across Florida have called for a three-year transition period to the new accountability system, with no penalties assessed during that period.

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Group analyzes Minnesota city's school suspensions

A Saint Paul School District group, Solutions in Action, was formed to look at why black students are suspended more than others. The answers as to "why" ranged from lack of respect for black students, racial tension in the classroom between students and lack of teachers of color.

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High school students can't be charged for college credit courses in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin System cannot charge high school students taking courses offered in their schools for college credit, known as concurrent enrollment classes, the state’s attorney general says.

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Grants being offered to Ky. schools that raise compulsory education age

The Kentucky Department of Education will be making grants available to school districts to create programs to identify, intervene and prevent students from dropping out of school. Fifty-three schools have raised the compulsory school age from 16 to 18, which means, by law students are required to be in school until the age of 18.

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Audit shows one-third of New York's schools were overcrowded in 2012

One-third of New York City's 1,500 public schools were filled beyond capacity. In addition, enrollment at a third of the city’s elementary schools registered at least 138 percent of capacity that year, according to a new audit by city Controller Scott Stringer. The education department assigned staff to ease overcrowding, but failed to do their job.

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Private school vouchers will be used to educate almost 9,000 Louisiana students

More than 8,800 students will receive public money in the 2014-2015 academic year to pay tuition and attend private schools under Louisiana's voucher program. If all choose to enroll, it will represent about a 30 percent increase from the 6,751 students who used vouchers last year.

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State test results show big gaps among Georgia's schools

The results of Georgia's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests show big gaps among central Georgia's schools. The school results show huge differences within many districts in terms of how many students are making progress.

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Indiana high school operator says it can no longer afford to run school

Arlington High School, one of Indiana's most troubled schools that was taken over by the state's education department, could be returned to Indianapolis Public Schools next year. The company hired by the state to operate Arlington said it could no longer run the school without an infusion of more than $2 million in additional funding.

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Florida ruling may chill districts efforts to challenge charter conversions

A ruling against the Miami-Dade County Public School District was the first-ever ruling under Florida statutes, written specifically to prevent school districts from taking “unlawful reprisals” against employees who support charter school conversions.

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Chicago's ‘welcoming schools’ to experience higher than average budget loss

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools. This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of their budgets.

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