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Philadelphia schools could get a cash advance to start on time

Gov. Corbett signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month. The pledge came hours after an unsuccessful bid to get legislators to return and vote on a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund city schools.

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Harder math, science classes in high school are key to STEM careers, study says

Simply adding more mathematics and science high school classes isn't enough, a new study shows. Researchers from ACT studied how increased course requirements in Illinois affected student achievement, the number of courses taken and college enrollment.

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Fla. district approves teacher incentive pay fund for struggling schools

Duval’s School Board voted to accept millions of dollars in local donations to improve the teaching and principal workforce in 36 of its struggling schools. The money is part of a planned $50 million in donations expected to be raised over the next three to five years to invest in teachers, principals, future educators and in technology for Duval schools, called the Quality Education for All fund.

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Pennsylvania board approves teacher contract after a year

The Cumberland Valley School Board sewed up almost a year of negotiations as it approved a four-year contract with its teachers. The pact calls for annual 2.8 percent pay increases each year during the first three years of the contract. Teachers will also contribute more to their healthcare plans under the new agreement.

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Education scandals could hurt reform efforts, advocates say

The leader of Connecticut's largest teachers' union sees the recent education scandals in Hartford and New London as evidence that nontraditional school reform efforts are unraveling. Reform advocates say they expect the scandals to slow the expansion of charter schools in the state and to produce a higher level of scrutiny for all efforts related to education reform, including the vetting of employees.

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Tiny portion of Louisiana voucher school funding is questioned by auditors

Auditors questioned less than 1 percent of $35 million in public spending on Louisiana's private school voucher program in the 2013-2014 academic year, state education officials said. One private school accounted for one fourth of the suspect spending.

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Department of Education: Norfolk schools not skewing SOL results

After serious allegations of testing irregularities just a few years ago, the Virginia Department of Education confirmed that Norfolk City Public Schools was the only district in South Hampton Roads without allegations of deliberately skewing results on the SOL’s or helping an unknowing student violate regulations.

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Network system saving New York City money on school support

The city has cut spending on school bureaucracy over the past decade, according to an Independent Budget Office report. The city spent about 22 percent less to provide schools with teacher training, budget planning, staff recruitment, and other administrative services. The cost savings came as the city consolidated its bureaucracy in a network structure.

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Florida county to use internally developed bus tracking app

This year, all of Pasco County's nearly 400 school bus routes will be part of a new back-to-school bus call center manned by volunteers. The information the volunteers will use comes from the county's internally developed My Bus Loop app. With the app, the call center operators can track buses, even though the district's fleet won't have GPS installed until next year.

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Ex-governors ask court to let Washington legislature try again on schools

Five former governors are asking the state Supreme Court to give Washington legislators another chance to reach a deal on school funding before considering whether to slap them with a contempt citation.

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