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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

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New school evaluations will lower test scores’ influence

New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school.

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Teacher 'sick-outs' stop classes at two protest-hit Colorado schools

Teachers calling in absent forced the cancellation of classes at two Colorado high schools on Monday in a new twist to a dispute over pay and proposed changes to a history curriculum. Students walked out of nearly all the Jefferson County's 17 high schools last week in demonstration against the curriculum change idea being floated by a conservative school board majority.

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Solar panels to be put on 24 New York City schools

Solar panels are slated to be installed on the roofs of two dozen city schools as part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions citywide by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. The $28 million investment — including $23 million in city funds and $5 million in state grants — will triple the amount of solar installations on city-owned buildings.

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Influx of immigrant students taxes American schools

American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. For cash-strapped districts, providing for these students' needs can be arduous, particularly if they arrive after student headcounts are taken to determine school funding.

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American high schools encourage college prep

A report released by the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education says 88 percent of American high school graduates take at least a few college classes by age 26. Those who never get to college tend to be men whose parents did not attend college and who don't have the money to go or lack the time because they have families.

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18 new charter schools apply to open in Charlotte region

Eighteen new charter schools have applied to open in the Charlotte region for the fall 2016 school year. Last week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said it has thousands more students than the district expected this year. The new charter schools, should they all be approved, project to have nearly 9,000 students in their first year.

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Teachers union sues Louisiana to de-fund some charter schools

The Louisiana Association of Educators has sued the state of Louisiana to block it from using its main school budget to fund certain types of charter schools, saying such funding is unconstitutional. A decision in the association's favor could pull $60 million from about 25 schools, requiring the state to find another way to fund them.

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Indianapolis launches business alliance to help struggling schools

Indianapolis Public Schools launched its new IPS Business Alliance. The initiative pairs 11 businesses with 11 "priority" schools with a goal of improving student outcomes. Employees involved will work with school officials on identifying barriers to learning and ways to overcome them, ultimately developing a strategic plan for the school.

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Substitute shortages cause problems for North Dakota schools

North Dakota schools are seeing a shortage of substitute teachers — a shortage that has grown despite repeated attempts to fix it.

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