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Texas district partners with state university for STEM Academy

Arlington's school district is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington to set up a free, dual-credit academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to study STEM. The STEM Academy will open at one of the district's high schools in August 2015.

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Maryland school district to monitor students' social media

Washington County's public school district will be one of only four in the nation to use special software to track students' social media posts with the idea to keep students safe. Any public post to a social media site on school grounds in Washington County will be run through a new system and checked for certain flag words.

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More Chicago kids say no to their neighborhood grammar school

Under expanded school choice, the relationship between Chicago and its neighborhood elementary schools is undergoing a sea change, reshaping the school system and the city’s culture. In 2000, 74 percent of Chicago’s elementary kids went to their assigned neighborhood grammar school. Today, just 62 percent do — and that number is falling, according to numbers obtained by WBEZ.

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New York City mayor signs ‘Avonte’s Law’ on alarms for school doors

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

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High school students earn associate's degree in Tennessee program

A new program in Tennessee will allow some students to finish high school and their first two years of college at the same time. Middle College is a collaboration between Roane State Community College and Roane County Schools.

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Audit report raises red flags on New Mexico charter schools

New Mexico's Office of the State Auditor is questioning how several Albuquerque public charter schools are spending money from the state. The auditors office says the aviation-focused schools didn’t follow a transparent bidding process for planes and that it appears the founder gave his own company an unfair advantage.

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Schools 'holding breath' as immigrant children arrive

Public school officials in Florida, Texas and Georgia know the unaccompanied minors are already in their states, mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But they don't know how many will end up enrolling and where.

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Pennsylvania will advance $265 million to Philadelphia schools

Gov. Corbett said that he would advance the troubled Philadelphia school system $265 million. Officials said that action - which represents no new revenue or savings - could still result in layoffs, a shortened school year, and class sizes of 40 and more students.

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Missouri's November ballot will feature teacher evaluation plan

An initiative proposing a new teacher evaluation method has won approval to appear on the November ballot in Missouri. The proposal would limit tenure protections for public school staff and require them to be evaluated largely on student achievement.

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Calif. district places $128 million bond on ballot

Citing chronically overcrowded schools and the need for technology, the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to place a $128 million bond on the November 4 ballot. The bond measure aims to address upgrading and repairing existing schools and installing updated technological hardware and infrastructure.

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