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Lake schools could face $1.2 million in fines for class size violations

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

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Officials work to stop sexting, cyberbullying before cell phone ban lifted

City school officials will move to stamp out sexting and cyberbullying before they become a problem under the city’s new policy allowing students to bring cell phones to school. As part of the effort, principals will work with teachers and parents to create customized policies for students’ cell phones in their schools.

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Denver families using school choice pick highest quality schools

While Denver Public Schools has seen high rates of participation in the district’s school choice system, there are still gaps among who participates and where students request to go, according to a new report. Across all segments of the city, families are demanding higher-rated schools, but such schools are unevenly distributed.

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New York school districts scramble to create efficiency plans

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

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Minneapolis schools' credit card usage raises accountability questions

Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a review of school expense records found.

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With number of English learners growing, districts get federal help with students’ civil rights

The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice released a letter to school districts on how to comply with their obligation to provide equal access to a public education for this growing group of English language learners.

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Montgomery County considers later school start times

The largest school district in Maryland is trying to come up with a way for its high school students to start their days later. The only one of four options being considered this month that would have a minimal financial impact would push the start times for all schools back by 20 or 35 minutes.

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Detroit schools may take next step without an emergency manager

After nearly six years of state control, Detroit Public Schools faces another crossroads as the troubled district’s third emergency manager prepares to step down next week.

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Bill to assess Indian-themed school mascots to hit Colorado Legislature

If schools in Colorado with mascots like Indians, chiefs, and braves want to keep using those names, they'll have to receive approval from a panel of American Indians, according to a new bill to be introduced in the coming weeks. About 40 schools in the state could be affected if the bill passes.

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N.C. likely to move high school students to a new grading scale

The State Board of Education is expected to apply a new 10-point grading scale for all high school students this fall, reversing its prior decision to phase in the change starting with the new freshmen class.

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