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Delaware lets nine schools out of turnaround plans

Nine schools have improved enough to exit from state turnaround plans. Seven schools remain under the Delaware's improvement plans. The state has had several initiatives aimed at improving troubled schools. The "Priority Schools" plan, the latest effort, has targeted six schools for the program.

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School bond trails by narrow margins in Calif. county

A Orange County school district fell short by hundreds of votes to get millions of dollars to upgrade buildings. Orange USD lost its third attempt to pass a bond, this time $296 million to be divided equally among its four high schools.

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Sales tax extension for schools passes in Fla. county

Monroe County School District voters approved a 10-year extension of a sales tax. Of the projected $157.3 million that would be raised by the tax over the next decade, $5 million has been earmarked for security and safety and $21.8 million for student technology upgrades. Construction of three new schools will cost $105 million.

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Minnesota voters approve $438 million in school projects

In general, school construction projects fared well at the polls, as voters approved more than $438 million worth of spending for everything from new elementary schools to athletic fields. About $500 million in total requests were on the ballots in Minnesota. Voters said “yes” to 70 percent of the bond referendum questions.

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Tom Torlakson wins California's superintendent race

Challenger Marshall Tuck conceded to incumbent Tom Torlakson in the contest for California superintendent of public instruction, a race that became the most expensive on the state ballot.

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Plan for Boston school police to carry pepper spray is halted

Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced that he was halting efforts to equip the school system’s 75 school police officers with pepper spray due to the lack of support from students, parents, and other community members.

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Indiana board approves schools' key 'A-F' grades

The State Board of Education endorsed the key "A-F" school grades for about 2,100 Indiana schools before also approving school corporation grades. Just over 1,100 schools were given an "A" this year, a 19 percent jump from last year.

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New York voters approve $2 billion school tech bond

The state will borrow $2 billion to fund technology and facility upgrades in schools after voters decisively approved the ballot proposal. The Smart Schools Bond Act will require local schools to put together spending plans in order to receive a portion of the borrowed money for high-tech equipment or pre-K program expansions.

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Federal court says two Ala. school boards are not immune from employee lawsuits

The Jefferson County and Madison City boards of education believe they should have federal constitutional immunity from federal lawsuits that were filed against them by school employees. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

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Colorado votes to require open school negotiations

Colorado has voted to require that school board negotiations with unions be open to the public. Proposition 104 requires school boards to allow the public to see negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, or union contracts.

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