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Louisiana to proceed immediately with national Common Core tests

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

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Washington, D.C., mayor accepts updated school boundaries

Mayor Vincent Gray accepted final recommendations to update assignment policies and school boundaries that have not been reviewed in more than 40 years. The new boundaries and assignment polices will go into effect for the 2015-1016. Children who are currently enrolled in school will not be required to change schools.

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Connecticut announces funding for 30 school districts

Connecticut announced that $132 million dollars will go to 30 school districts in the Alliance District Program to help close achievement gaps. The program is a partnership between struggling school districts and the state.

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Maryland school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

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Arizona must boost school funding immediately

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

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Judge rules N.C. school voucher program unconstitutional

A Superior Court judge overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. He ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by several North Carolina associations and dozens of local school boards.

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Layoffs of 63 teachers approved by New York district's board

Buffalo school administrators said the layoffs were primarily the result of under-enrolled classes, but school board members said the last-minute layoffs are not fair to students and that class sizes are growing in struggling schools.

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Green footprints mark safe routes to school

Baltimore is expanding its Safe Routes to School program that uses green footprints on sidewalks around the city. The footprints point out the safest ways to get to school for elementary and middle school students. City officials said crews have improved traffic safety measures along those routes.

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N.J. law requires high school students to learn CPR before graduating

Starting with this fall’s high school freshman class, public school students in New Jersey will be required to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate.

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Dallas-area school districts boosting campus security efforts

Most Dallas-area educators won’t be armed this school year despite a new state law that allows concealed handguns on school campuses. For the most part, school district police departments have focused on ramping up current campus security — fortifying doors and installing more cameras — instead of arming teachers.

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