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Parents to receive 'quality snapshots' of New York City schools under new evaluation plan

New York City's current A-through-F system will be replaced by report cards with "quality snapshots" for families and "quality guides" geared toward school leaders and administrators. The guides will have more comprehensive data and analysis, and both will include feedback from parents, students and teachers using the annual NYC School Survey.

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South Dakota district braces for possible school calendar cange

Sioux Falls public school officials are starting to prepare for a spring vote that could force a later start date for students. The proposed changes would change the first day of classes back to the first Tuesday after Labor Day instead of starting in August.

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Organization hopes to halt Bible classes in N.C. school system

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked for Bible classes to immediately stop in elementary schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation said they received a complaint from a parent who said the Bible was being taught at Woodleaf Elementary and other schools as fact.

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Louisiana has second-strongest charter school initiative in the U.S.

Louisiana's charter schools ranked as the second-strongest among 26 states in a report released by the National Association of Public Charter Schools. Washington, D.C. scored the highest, and Michigan was a close third.

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Minnesota identifies 155 struggling schools in high-poverty areas

Minnesota's struggling schools are becoming more concentrated in the Twin Cities, according to the state's accountability data. Under a measure that combines test scores, graduation rates, student academic growth and the achievement gap between white students and students of color, Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an increase in the number of schools with low rankings.

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Arizona teacher shortage forces schools to go international

Low pay and tough new expectations for teachers have led to a shortage of qualified people willing to take jobs in Arizona's classrooms. With few resumes being submitted, some school districts are turning to hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines.

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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality

With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced, qualified teachers, the Obama administration announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.

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N.J. district voters approve $16 million bond for school improvements

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

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Pa. school district to collect contraband in 'amnesty boxes'

High school student welded four large metal containers known as "amnesty boxes" that will be placed in four high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The boxes would give students opportunities to rid themselves of contraband and avoid arrest before they reach their school's metal detector.

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Texas’ Permanent School Fund hits record $37.7 billion

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

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