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Maryland schools see influx of immigrants from Central America

While Maryland schools are well equipped to take in immigrants, the thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the border from Central America bring a new set of issues.

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$100m bet for high schools in seven Boston suburbs

Parents, educators, and taxpayers throughout Boston’s suburbs are betting that $100 million will help their children enter a competitive college or succeed in today’s cutthroat job market.

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Schools in Ferguson area prepare for an emotional opening day

The school year in Ferguson was scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, but the opening was delayed because of the unrest that followed the killing of Michael Brown five days earlier.

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Florida's education department received $1.5 billion from state lottery

The state lottery made a record-breaking $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2014. $1.5 billion of those dollars were contributed to the state's education budget.

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Louisiana to proceed immediately with national Common Core tests

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

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Washington, D.C., mayor accepts updated school boundaries

Mayor Vincent Gray accepted final recommendations to update assignment policies and school boundaries that have not been reviewed in more than 40 years. The new boundaries and assignment polices will go into effect for the 2015-1016. Children who are currently enrolled in school will not be required to change schools.

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Connecticut announces funding for 30 school districts

Connecticut announced that $132 million dollars will go to 30 school districts in the Alliance District Program to help close achievement gaps. The program is a partnership between struggling school districts and the state.

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Maryland school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

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Arizona must boost school funding immediately

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

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Judge rules N.C. school voucher program unconstitutional

A Superior Court judge overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. He ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by several North Carolina associations and dozens of local school boards.

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