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Oregon's largest district proposes 9 percent staffing increase

Portland Public Schools' officials are looking to add more than 180 full-time positions across the district, including 150 teachers. The proposed spending plan is close to $505 million, nearly $41 million more than current spending levels.

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Baton Rouge, La., lawmakers seek to restructure school system

Two bills have been submitted to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber that would decrease the number of school board members, shift much of the board and superintendent’s power to over 80 principals and create community enrollment zones.

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Charter to try again in Pennsylvania despite school district stance

Key Charter School, with nearly 400 children pre-registered and plans to buy what was once a private high school, will again try to get permission to open from Harrisburg's public school district officials, despite their many concerns after denying Key Charter's first application two months ago.

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Washington district seeks new federal school funds

Tacoma Public Schools applied for an estimated $5.5 million in federal School Improvement Grant money to boost achievement at two high-poverty schools added to the state’s watch list this year.

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Yonkers, N.Y., delegation agrees with state bailout for school system

The state Legislature's Yonkers delegation is on board with a two-part bailout for the city's troubled school district. The schools are facing a large budget deficit after an accounting error led to a $55 million hole in both last year and this year's budget.

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Baltimore County approves Spanish-blend classes for 10 schools

The district is looking to offer fourth-grade students in 10 schools the opportunity to learn in a Spanish-blended learning environment during the 2014-2015 school year. The new language pilot program would include classroom instruction with a Spanish teacher and 24/7 access to interactive content.

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Study finds more students with special health care needs and less nurses

Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations and are often underfunded, according to a new study.

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New York lawmakers pass budget with $1.1 billion for education

Legislators have passed a $137.9 billion budget, enacting a plan that includes boosting education aid by $1.1 billion, expanding pre-K with $340 million, delaying aspects of the Common Core education standards and prohibiting the state from sending identifiable student information to private third parties.

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Big ticket projects highlight Wisc. area school referendums

Voters in Wisconsin Dells will decide Tuesday on a $30 million proposal to build a high school and convert the existing high school into a middle school.

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Local Calif. school district spends up to 10 times more on attorneys’ fees than nearby school districts

In 2011, then Centinela Valley school board member Sandra Suarez made what she thought was a simple request: How much was the school district spending on legal fees with its top law firm, and what duties was the firm performing?

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