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Public school backers step up push to roll back GOP measures

Public school advocates across Wisconsin are ramping up their opposition to a slate of GOP-led K12 fiscal and policy changes in the state budget proposal, including teaching licensing requirements, lower district funding and expanding independent charter schools.

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Michigan senator backs bill to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies

A federal bill could require all schools and districts that receive funding from the federal government to pass policies prohibiting bullying and harassment and report data on bullying and harassment incidents to the U.S. Department of Education.

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State auditor general finds 'serious deficiencies' at York charter school

A state audit shows a York City charter school double billed students, didn't have enough certified staff and failed to keep proper financial and health records. The record keeping at Helen Thackston Charter School was so deficient it was that it was not clear how the institution functioned and spent money, the auditor said.

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Ohio school groups prefer House funding plan to Senate

Although most school districts would fare better under the Senate’s new school-funding package over the next two years, top public school advocates are arguing that, in the long term, the House's state-share calculations more accurately measures capacity of all districts.

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Native American logos in school banned for Madison students

Starting next year, public school students in the Wisconsin school district will no longer be able to wear clothing with Native American athletic team names. Visiting teams would also be asked to leave their Native American mascots and logos at home when they play a Madison school.

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Raising graduation rates with questionable quick fixes

The nation scored an all-time-high rate of 81 percent for high school graduation in 2013. But some schools are implementing questionable quick fixes to improve their graduation rates. It's a wide range, from strategies that may seem irresponsible to others motivated by good intentions that provide a safety net for vulnerable students.

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Kindergartens ringing the bell for play inside the classroom

Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, a suburban school district near Baltimore is introducing a new kindergarten curriculum in the fall. Chief among its features is a most old-fashioned concept: play.

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Maine to conduct its own investigation into Augusta school’s testing irregularities

The state Department of Education plans further investigation of testing irregularities that prompted officials to throw out the standardized mathematics test results of some Farrington Elementary School students.

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San Francisco board sticks with school-assignment system

Students living in census tracts where test scores are the lowest will still have priority over neighborhood kids in San Francisco’s school assignment system, the school board decided.

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Philadelphia City Council approves school bailout - but with a catch

Initial approval was given for a school district bailout that falls short of the request of $103 million that school officials wanted. Increases to property, use and occupancy, and parking taxes will bring the district an extra $70 million in the coming year while $25 million of that will be held in council’s own budget.

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