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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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Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

A state commission charged with recommending a school funding formula heard testimony this week about the history and complexity of paying for public education in the state. The vast majority of Pennsylvania school business officials, board members and superintendents responding to a survey by state education associations said predictability is very important in a funding formula.

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Bill takes aim at campaign corruption in California schools

A California bill passed prohibiting school and college administrators and superintendents from making cash donations to both school board candidates’ and incumbents’ campaigns or legal defense funds. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Detroit schools plan 10 percent pay cuts, closings

Teachers and administrators at Detroit Public Schools will see their pay slashed by 10 percent in the fall if state education officials approve the district’s proposal for offsetting a failed countywide tax millage. The plan also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years.

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N.J. bill to expedite privately run, public schools gets go ahead

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run, public Renaissance schools in Camden. The governor vetoed a provision that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees.

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Oregon senator wants $200 million for school seismic upgrades

Sen. Peter Courtney announced a 2015 plan for the legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools. The proposal would use general fund bonds that the Legislature would disperse as grants to public school districts across Oregon. Schools with the highest risk of collapse would be prioritized.

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North Carolina judge to rule on school voucher program

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

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