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San Francisco teachers miss more school than students on average

While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco - and many other districts - the average teacher misses more school than the average child. If last year's numbers hold steady, the 4,100 teachers in the city, on average, will each be absent about 11 times this school year, four to five days more than a typical student.

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School bus drivers may receive more pay from New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. The Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former mayor awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.

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Many Washington schools at or near failing in school performance rankings

Close to half of all public schools in the state received a D ranking or lower in terms of quality, based on data compiled from the state’s achievement index and analyzed by think tank group Washington Policy Center .

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$2 billion school bond act goes in front of N.Y. voters in November

Voters this November will decide whether the state of New York should borrow up to $2 billion to help fund new technology in school classrooms and upgrade school buildings themselves.

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New law altering bus routes could cost La. district up to $1 million in extra costs

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

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Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons

As Compton students head back to school, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

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Chicago trying to unload dozens of closed schools

More than a year after Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

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Newark City Schools sides with Common Core

Newark City Schools was part of a pilot program, but statewide, Common Core takes full effect for the first time this fall, meaning its true effect on students' education is still hypothetical.

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63 Buffalo teachers laid off just before start of school

Just three weeks before the start of the school year, the Buffalo Public School District laid off 63 teachers, as well as six deans of students.

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SCOTUS ruling might handcuff school safety

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding police from searching suspects' cellphones may inadvertently make schools less safe, some principals, school parents and students say.

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