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Body cameras making their way into Iowa schools

The 4,300-student district along the eastern Iowa border is thought to be among the first in the nation to outfit administrators at each of the district's eight school buildings with a body camera.

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Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams

The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not.

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Volunteers sought to beautify schools in Detroit

Businesses and community groups are being asked to help beautify the interiors and exteriors of Detroit schools as part of Neighborhoods Day.

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Consensus far from clear on renaming Confederate-linked schools

Houston ISD board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones has said she wants her fellow trustees to consider renaming six campuses, following the June shooting deaths of nine black worshipers by an alleged white supremacist at a church in South Carolina. In that state, the Confederate flag hangs outside the capitol.

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Vermont school districts gear up for universal pre-K

Passed last year, Act 166 requires every school district to provide access to at least 10 hours per week of free pre-K for all children ages 3 to 5 not in kindergarten during the school year, either by running an in-house program or paying tuition to independent providers.

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Large Virginia district adds gender identity to nondiscrimination policy

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

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Ohio to replace time-consuming PARCC tests in schools

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

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Connecticut to appoint CEO to oversee school district's operations

The state Department of Education has decided to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee day-to-day operations of Winchester's schools for at least the next two years because they suffered from "egregious lack of fiscal oversight."

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At majority-minority schools, Confederate names remain

Across the nation, there has been greater scrutiny of Confederate symbols and tributes with 28 public schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders. Many of those school names are decades old. But many of those schools’ populations represent the new Texas – with nonwhites making up more than half of their students.

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Philadelphia controller again finds problems in city’s school buildings

In his most recent inspection of city school buildings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz once again found unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Visits to 20 schools turned up water leaks, missing fire extinguishers, mold, unsanitary bathrooms and more.

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