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Denver area student protest reaches day 5

The protests started last Friday at Standley Lake and Conifer high schools when students stood outside their schools holding signs such as, "my school, my voice." Classes were cancelled at both schools due to a large number of teacher absences.

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Alabama district says call from NSA led to monitoring students online

After the National Security Agency warned Huntsville Public School administrators about a student posting tweets threatening violence against teachers, the district decided to begin a secret program monitoring students' social media posts.

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Judge dismisses Florida school voucher lawsuit

A legal challenge to the state school voucher program was dismissed by a Florida judge. The lawsuit targeted a controversial law that both expanded the voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities. The suit claimed the law violates a Constitutional requirement that each law be limited to a single subject.

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California high school exit exam results released

Statistics released by the California Department of Education show the statewide average of students passing the California High School Exit Exam continues to rise. About 95 percent of California seniors of the class of 2014 passed both the English-language arts and math portions compared to 90.4 percent in 2006.

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San Francisco school board passes 'golden ticket’ perk to lure students

The San Francisco school board decided to give students who attend the new Willie Brown Jr. Middle School for all three years their pick of city high schools. It’s a powerful enticement — a golden ticket — given the cutthroat lottery for the district’s most desirable high schools.

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Mayor vows to end cellphone ban in New York City schools

Mayor de Blasio promised to lift the cellphone ban in schools that was implemented under his predecessor. He suggested that the ban is being unevenly enforced and pledged to develop a plan that will apply to all schools. Under current policy, students caught with phones on school property may have them confiscated for the day and may face detention.

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Portland school board approves plan to spend $16.8 million windfall

Portland Public Schools will hire about 25 new teachers and boost high school support staff by 8.35 positions, after the district school board voted to immediately spend $3.5 million of a recently discovered $16.8 million windfall on staffing up. The larger plan calls for spending $13 million while placing the remaining $3.8 million in savings.

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Philadelphia judge denies charter's request for emergency funds

In denying Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter's emergency petition for funds, the judge said that Philadelphia School District was not compelled to pay for students above the 675-student enrollment cap in its charter. The school has enrolled 1,300 students. The school district is moving to close the school due to financial irregularities and poor academics.

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U.S. Education Department opens civil rights investigation

The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into charges that the Recovery School District's policy of closing and chartering New Orleans public schools violated the civil rights of African-American students.

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Denver area students walk out of school in protest

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

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