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Two of Wisconsin's largest referendums approved by voters

A $54.6 million proposal for renovations and additions and a $44.8 million facilities improvement plan were two of the largest school referendums in the state that passed. Voters in Dodgeville rejected a controversial $48 million proposal to build a high school and close a rural school.

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In Ohio, New Albany school levy fails

More than 55 percent of the district's voters said no to a new combination operating and permanent-improvement levy that would have brought in about $7 million a year. As a result, the district will raise pay-to-play fees, end busing for 1,200 students and lay off administrators, technology support staff and 55 teachers.

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Jersey City teachers union scores victory in school board race

A trio of candidates endorsed by the Jersey City teachers union appears to have won nearly twice as many votes as their competition in the contested school board race. The teachers union's victory is a significant defeat for Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles.

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Pasco may formally oppose over-testing

Pasco County is poised to become the latest school district to take a formal stance against the direction of Florida's testing and accountability system. Board members are concerned about the number of tests and how quickly the state is switching to tests associated with the Common Core State Standards.

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Number of homeless students at record high in W.Va. schools

A record number of homeless students are attending West Virginia’s public schools, according to the National Center for Homeless Education. Of the over 8,300 students labeled as homeless last school year, about 70 percent of those students are living with grandparents or several family members. Nearly 25 percent are living in shelters.

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Louisiana voucher school scores remain low in 2014

Less than half of the Louisiana voucher students who took the LEAP and iLEAP exams passed this year: 44 percent, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of  Education. In comparison, 69 percent of public school students passed those exams statewide.

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What's the key to better school food?

In the last decade, school districts around the nation have tried different formulas to reform student lunches. But one program out of Minnesota starts by simply removing seven unwanted ingredients.

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Alabama school district hired ex-FBI agent for social media monitoring

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to oversee security improvements, including the investigation of social media activity of public school students. The online effort led to the expulsion last school year of just 14 out of the city's 24,000 students.

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New twist for high schools as Nashville school choice process opens

In Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools students can start applying for the school they want to attend, and a new process allows high school students to pick a school based on academic interests.

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New York City schools to have longer day, more resources

Mayor de Blasio announced plans to extend the school day by an hour at nearly 100 schools as part the city’s $150 million plan to overhaul underperforming public city schools. Extra instruction and resources will also be sent to 94 schools that rank in the bottom quarter of the city's schools for graduation and state scores.

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