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Parents sue Georgia public school for holding prayer in class

Two members of Freedom From Religion Foundation are suing a south Georgia school because they say it is conducting daily prayers in class and embarrassed their children after the parents complained.

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Expulsions decline in Connecticut but racial disparities in discipline exist

Between 2008 and 2013, in-school arrests dropped 34.8 percent statewide while expulsions declined 31 percent and out-of-school suspensions fell 46.5 percent, according to a report released by Connecticut Voices for Children. However, minority students face disciplinary action more often than their white peers.

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Tennessee lawmakers reignite for-profit charter school push

The new bill would allow a for-profit company to manage a charter school, but the charter governing body still retains administrative oversight. The governing body would have to provide information about the potential for-profit charter operator’s track record to the chartering authority.

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Spring ISD scrambles after finding mass scheduling errors

The Texas district is scrambling to make sure nearly 600 students slated to graduate this year have met the necessary state requirements after an internal investigation revealed widespread problems, including students receiving credit for courses they hadn't taken or repeatedly taking the same course despite passing each time.

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Georgia charter school enrollment grows by over 10,000, report says

More than 11,000 students were added to the enrollment of charter schools in Georgia in the last school year, according to National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. An additional 348,000 attended charter schools nationally during the 2014-15 school year, compared to an increase of 288,000 students in the prior year.

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Pennsylvania lags in school breakfasts, report says

Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average.

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Recovery School District expulsions down at mid-year

District charters in New Orleans are on track to cut expulsions by one third in the 2014-15 academic year, and officials say it's due to a new policy that lets administrators counsel students instead of kicking them out.

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Mississippi House approves school attendance change

The House passed a bill to change the way attendance is counted for the state's public school funding formula. MAEP funding will be based on enrollment, not average daily attendance. However, if a school's average daily attendance drops below 95 percent, it would have to use daily attendance instead of enrollment.

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N.J. wants more school accountability without more testing, poll says

Residents want more accountability from schools but aren't sure standardized tests are the way to achieve it, according to a new Monmouth University Poll. Among parents, only 58 percent had heard about PARCC, despite growing backlash against the tests in some communities.

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Massachusetts regional school district facing cuts

The Amherst Regional School District has to slice nearly $1 million from its fiscal 2016 budget, which will result in teacher and administrative cuts but would retain programming such as foreign languages.

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