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18 new charter schools apply to open in Charlotte region

Eighteen new charter schools have applied to open in the Charlotte region for the fall 2016 school year. Last week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said it has thousands more students than the district expected this year. The new charter schools, should they all be approved, project to have nearly 9,000 students in their first year.

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Teachers union sues Louisiana to de-fund some charter schools

The Louisiana Association of Educators has sued the state of Louisiana to block it from using its main school budget to fund certain types of charter schools, saying such funding is unconstitutional. A decision in the association's favor could pull $60 million from about 25 schools, requiring the state to find another way to fund them.

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Indianapolis launches business alliance to help struggling schools

Indianapolis Public Schools launched its new IPS Business Alliance. The initiative pairs 11 businesses with 11 "priority" schools with a goal of improving student outcomes. Employees involved will work with school officials on identifying barriers to learning and ways to overcome them, ultimately developing a strategic plan for the school.

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Substitute shortages cause problems for North Dakota schools

North Dakota schools are seeing a shortage of substitute teachers — a shortage that has grown despite repeated attempts to fix it.

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Deep racial divide in Oakland schools’ attendance rates

The first detailed look at attendance in Oakland schools shows a deep racial divide between students in class and habitual no-shows, a pattern reflected in grades, test scores and graduation rates.

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Fewer Massachusetts schools earn top state rating

The number of Massachusetts public schools securing the top spot under the state’s rating system has dropped significantly, as schools in well-to-do suburbs such as Andover, Newton, and Winchester see their coveted top rankings disappear.

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$2B bond act may help bridge digital divide in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a plan, backed by the state Legislature, that would let New York borrow $2 billion for technology for classrooms and high-tech security on public school campuses, as well as permanent classrooms for prekindergarten students and those now taught in temporary trailer classrooms.

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With climbing Texas graduation rates come renewed doubts

A decade ago, Texas was often cited as an example of the ills that contributed to a national high school graduation crisis. 

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Parent sues Ohio schools to end classes during teacher strike

A Reynoldsburg parent has filed a lawsuit against the school board and Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning, asking the court to order officials to close the district’s schools until striking teachers return to work.

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Big, inconsistent classes at Philadelphia schools

Oversize classes are not unheard of at the beginning of the year in Philadelphia, where student mobility often makes planning tough. But in the past, the school system was able to hire more staff to ease crowding.

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