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New York City takes another step towards unifying pre-K programs

Starting in March, families applying to full-day pre-K for next school year will be able to apply to both public school and community-based programs in one place. The single application is part of New York City's continued effort to bring both types of programs together under one tent.

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High school civics test gets preliminary approval in Utah Senate

Utah high school students might have to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. The state Senate preliminarily approved SB60 requiring students to score at least 70 percent on the same test immigrants must take to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

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Bay Area schools say they received bogus bills for books in alleged nationwide scam

Bay Area schools have been put on notice about a potential scam that could cost them. Investigators believe the man behind the scheme allegedly defrauded thousands of schools across the country in a fake billing scam.

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Parents sue New Jersey district over alleged bullying

School officials violated a former student's civil rights by failing to protect him from bullies who targeted him due to his disabilities and because he is Jewish, his parents allege in a recently filed lawsuit.

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Connecticut district first in state to respect Muslim holidays

Starting next fall, all schools in the Waterbury School District will be honoring two of the Muslim religion’s most holy days by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those days.

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Minnesota vaccine opt-out rates higher in smaller schools

Most Minnesota students go to schools with very high vaccination rates, but a few small districts have clusters of unvaccinated children.

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Plan for Kentucky charter schools moves forward

The legislation would create a pilot charter program in Louisville and Lexington. It would allow up to five charter schools in each city, targeting lower-income students who attend a failing school.

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Bill would require Arizona schools to start after Labor Day

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said the intent is for schools to save money on energy costs and to avoid having students and staff in class during the hot and humid monsoon season.

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Calif. county rejects bid to open a Mandarin immersion charter school

The San Mateo County Board of Education denied the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School's petition to open a K8 charter within the Menlo Park City School District. It was determined that the plan contained too many deficiencies, including the absence of transitional kindergarten.

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College Community plans $50 million school renovation project

Voters in Iowa's College Community school district will decide in April whether to pass a $49.5 million bond referendum to fund renovations of five schools. The project represents the first of two phases in the district’s 10-year facilities plan.

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