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New failing school list released for Alabama

The Alabama Department of Education released the latest list of "failing" schools where families are eligible to transfer to a different public school or receive a tax credit to help pay for private school. This year, a total of 66 schools made the failing list, down from 76 in 2014 and 78 in 2013.

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Alternative suspension system launches in N.J. district

The Montclair district has partnered with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation to launch the Project Oasis Student Support Program for suspended high school students. The pilot program — which has three locations — offers a structured learning environment and mentoring to suspended students.

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Most Columbus schools staff repaying unearned bonuses

There are nearly 600 employees who must pay back about $360,000 in bonuses they received for the 2010-11 school year because their schools appeared to be hitting their academic targets. Instead, administrators at nine school buildings that received bonuses had cheated by purging the test scores of their lowest-performing students from the district’s computer system.

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Missouri public school gets first STEM accreditation in state

John Thomas School of Discovery recently became the first public school in Missouri to receive STEM accreditation for the instruction it does in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

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North Carolina school board sets conditions for online charter schools

The state school board reviewed terms of the four-year experiment in virtual charter schools. The school board wants K12 Inc. and Connections Education to provide computers and internet access to students whose families cannot afford them. The board is also considering excluding children who don't have an adult to oversee their classwork.

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N.J. school district scores victory in court battle against insurance company

In connection to the Edison school district's lawsuit against its insurance company, a judge has ruled that state regulations apply to the district's policy regarding upgrades. The James Monroe Elementary School, which burned down in 2014, will cost $28 million to rebuild, but so far the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group has offered only $9 million.

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North Dakota school-closing bill doesn't find favor with sheriffs, superintendents

There’s little support among local officials for a bill that seeks to give North Dakota’s sheriffs the power to close schools if they believe the weather is too unsafe for travel. House Bill 1380 also takes school districts off the hook for days lost if sheriffs close schools.

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Walker proposes state budget with school choice expansion

Gov. Scott Walker is calling for a biennial budget that would cut property taxes, keep public school funding in Wisconsin largely flat over two years, cut some 400 state positions and drastically expand school choice programs in the state.

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Portable funds for low-income students could hurt poor schools

A proposal is being pushed that would allow federal dollars to follow students from school to school, as a way to increase equity for low-income families. But an issue brief argues the proposal would actually strip the neediest schools of much-needed resources.

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Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr resigns

The superintendent and school board of Montgomery County have agreed to part ways, beginning the search for a new chief to lead the largest school district in Maryland. He will leave months before his four-year contract would have ended in June.

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