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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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In wake of new union contract, 62 New York schools approved to ‘break the rules’

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

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Department of Education launches plan to attract good teachers to high-poverty areas

A new three-part Department of Education initiative will ask schools to create equity plans to combat the continued problem of high-poverty, high-minority schools that still lack the resources they need to support their students. The initiative will be bolstered by a $4.2 million technical assistance network and educator equity profiles.

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