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N.D. unveils proposal requiring students to pass U.S. citizenship test

North Dakota's first lady Betsy Dalrymple and state School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler unveiled a proposed bipartisan legislation that would require every high school student to get a passing grade on the civics exam to graduate.

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Federal grand jury subpoenaed documents from LAUSD

School district officials turned over 20 boxes in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project's bidding process and the winning bidders. The investigation is a broad one, seeking records related to Apple and Pearson that predate the bidding process or that involve other projects.

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California school investigated for possible Title IX violations

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether a Huntington Beach high school discriminated against female athletes. The investigation is reviewing whether female athletes are getting the same equipment, coaching and medical and training benefits as the male athletes.

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Illinois school officials promote alternative funding model

Sixty-five Illinois superintendents are asking for drastic changes to the way their districts receive state money in Vision 20/20. Suggested changes include changing the budget process to allow schools to know what state money they'll receive before making spending decisions.

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N.Y. charter school audits reveal $28 million in questionable expenses

New York State charter schools have made more than $28 million in questionable expenditures since 2002. The Center for Popular Democracy’s analysis of previous charter school audits found investigators uncovered probable financial mismanagement in 95 percent of the schools they examined.

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With school funding legal fight over, S.C. looks to reverse downward trends

A group of South Carolina school districts recently won a two-decade legal battle over disparate differences in school funding and quality. Yet, while the case bounced around state courtrooms for 21 years, the gap between the state's urban and rural counties grew in several quality-of-life metrics.

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Former high school athlete files concussion lawsuit

A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players by suing a sports governing body — in this case the Illinois High School Association saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect current players.

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Bill refiled in Florida to allow guns at schools

Guns on school campuses is a controversial idea that Florida legislators will have to consider once again this spring. Rep. Greg Steube has refiled his school safety bill for a third time. House Bill 19 allows a trained school employee to carry a gun on campus.

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New school for Spanish immersion back on track

Sioux Falls public school officials approved the closure of Jefferson Elementary School in order to build a new Spanish immersion elementary school, saying they could reverse the decision if state lawmakers decide to move ahead with a proposed cap on K12 funding.

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Mississippi schools sue state for more money

Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom in the nation for measures like student outcomes and per pupil spending. Now, nearly two dozen school districts think they have a way to break out of that rut: They're suing the state for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.

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