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School accountability bill would force closure of failing public schools

Wisconsin public schools deemed to be failing would have to become charter schools under a newly introduced bill. The measure would also impose letter grades based on multiple performance measures for every public and independent charter school as well as private schools that accept taxpayer-funded voucher students.

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Michigan to drop ACT for SAT as high school requirement

In a surprise move, the state announced that it is switching to the SAT as part of the state's required high school exam. The move — which begins in 2016 — will mark a dramatic shift in testing in Michigan. In 2008, the ACT replaced the high school MEAP and became a major piece of the state's high school exam.

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Deal struck with school custodians, engineers

New York City's administration has reached a tentative $248 million deal with two unions representing public school custodians, firemen and stationary engineers — a cost that is expected to be offset by $41 million in mandated health-care savings.

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State panel approves final recommendations on Kansas school funding

A state panel tasked with identifying potential savings in school spending will recommend that school districts have annual financial audits. But it stopped short of recommending a proposal to limit state-mandated teacher negotiation rights.

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Illinois lawmakers ready for second round on school finances debate

A plan that attempted to change the way Illinois distributes education money will appear again, with some changes, in the new Illinois General Assembly convening next week. State Sen. Andy Manar, who tried to change state law last year to send more money to poorer school districts, will submit a new bill.

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Richmond school leaders optimistic about change in start times

The push for later start times for the high school students could put the new schedules could be in place as soon as next school year. Flipping elementary and high school start times is one of the key components of Superintendent Dana T. Bedden’s plan for improving academic performance.

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Texas lawmakers to discuss school legislation

With the 84th Legislature convening next week in Texas, some of the topics up for discussion are school funding, accountability, school choice and testing. Another issue that may take center stage is a debate that's taken place over the past two decades, the start of the school year.

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New York City to lift ban on students' cellphones in schools

The city's existing rules bar cellphones and other electronic devices like iPads from school property. But in a sharp departure, new rules will allow each New York City school’s principal to work with teachers and parents to develop a cellphone policy tailored to their needs.

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Schools, Hispanic parents and communities connecting through mariachi

Chicago joins dozens of schools districts nationwide in cities like Las Vegas, San Antonio and Tucson that teach students how to sing and play mariachi music.Richard Edwards Elementary School, a largely Hispanic arts magnet school in Chicago, is one of five Chicago schools that the nonprofit Mariachi Heritage Foundation debuted in this fall.

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Fewer charter schools opened in Ohio in 2014

Only 11 new charter schools opened this school year in the entire state. The slowed growth this school year signals greater caution after a particularly tumultuous year for charters. More charter schools closed last school year in Columbus alone than opened this school year statewide.

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