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Napa school district's schools declared safe to re-open following quake

Engineers have finished inspecting 30 schools in Napa and found the quake did not cause any structural damage. Teams of architects and engineers have been examining all of Napa's schools looking for any structural damage following Sunday morning's earthquake.

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Los Angeles Unified halts contract for iPads

The district's superintendent suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came after disclosures of close ties between the superintendent and his top deputy and Apple and Pearson executives.

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Volunteer organization keeps schools in need up to date

Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.

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California bill to restrict charter school locations passed

A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.

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Half-penny sales tax extended to raise $2 billion for Fla. county's schools

Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.

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Contract reached for New York City school agents

New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.

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North Carolina to release school test results

State officials are expected to release information on end-of-grade and end-of-course testing in area schools next week, but letter grades assigned to schools won’t be released until next year. It will include graduation rates, end-of-grade proficiency, end-of-course proficiency and some other measures.

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Hawaii's public school chronic absenteeism drops by 39 percent

Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 Strive HI Performance System results. The state saw a 7 percent drop in chronic absenteeism from 18 to 11 percent for 2013-2014 while 163 of 169 elementary schools improved their chronic absenteeism rates.

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High teacher turnover in Wisconsin district

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is trying to rebound from one of the biggest teacher turnovers it's ever seen to keep education from suffering. More than 100 teachers have quit or retired, including the superintendent.

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Kansas schools not exploiting school finance formula

The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.

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