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Connecticut district first in state to respect Muslim holidays

Starting next fall, all schools in the Waterbury School District will be honoring two of the Muslim religion’s most holy days by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those days.

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Minnesota vaccine opt-out rates higher in smaller schools

Most Minnesota students go to schools with very high vaccination rates, but a few small districts have clusters of unvaccinated children.

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Plan for Kentucky charter schools moves forward

The legislation would create a pilot charter program in Louisville and Lexington. It would allow up to five charter schools in each city, targeting lower-income students who attend a failing school.

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Bill would require Arizona schools to start after Labor Day

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said the intent is for schools to save money on energy costs and to avoid having students and staff in class during the hot and humid monsoon season.

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Calif. county rejects bid to open a Mandarin immersion charter school

The San Mateo County Board of Education denied the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School's petition to open a K8 charter within the Menlo Park City School District. It was determined that the plan contained too many deficiencies, including the absence of transitional kindergarten.

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College Community plans $50 million school renovation project

Voters in Iowa's College Community school district will decide in April whether to pass a $49.5 million bond referendum to fund renovations of five schools. The project represents the first of two phases in the district’s 10-year facilities plan.

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More than half of Maine school buses fail inspection

An investigation discovered widespread, potentially dangerous problems with the state's school buses with nearly 65 percent failing their state inspection, according to Maine State Police reports.

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New law would ignore test failures and award belated high school diplomas

The Georgia General Assembly is about to change the lives of 8,000 people never able to graduate high school because they failed part of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. A proposed bill would free former Georgia high school students from having to pass the test to earn their diplomas.

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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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