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Charter schools in wealthy areas at center of NYC battle

New York state law requires charter schools -- publicly funded but privately run -- to improve student achievement, especially among those “at risk of academic failure.” Still, Success Academy, the nonprofit that is the city’s biggest charter chain, is opening schools in wealthier neighborhoods like Union Square, where the median household income was $103,198 in 2012, about twice the city median, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

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Two principals sue Columbus schools over data-tampering firings

The two Columbus principals who sued the school board, current and former superintendents and many others yesterday seek vindication, their jobs back and at least $400,000 each.

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Thousands of preschool students face suspension

Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools — and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.

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Delaware will "forgive" up to six snow days

State leaders have approved requests from school districts to "forgive" some required class time. The Delaware Board of Education waived the need to make up six days when states of emergency were declared or state offices were closed.

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Catholic officials object to Chicago's testing for top public high schools

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city’s Catholic Schools sent to the district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Alaskan panel advances bill to end high school exit exam

The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.

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Arkansas Board of Ed approves snow day waivers

The Arkansas Board of Education's vote allows waivers for 75 school districts to make up some of their missed days but skip others. The districts canceled between 12 and 23 days over the winter.

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School turnaround legislation approved by Michigan House

The state House has approved by a one-vote majority Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to expand the agency that’s supposed to turn around some of Michigan’s "failing" schools. The Education Achievement Authority is currently running 15 schools in Detroit.

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Wisconsin passes limited school accountability bill

Wisconsin's Assembly voted to pass with bipartisan support a more limited Senate version of the proposed expansive school accountability reform bill. The bill requires private voucher and independent charter schools to provide student information and test results to the state by 2015-16.

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Voucher expansion plan appears stalled in Florida this year

A massive expansion of Florida's education voucher program looks to be mired this year. House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether students using the state scholarships to attend private schools should be required to take the same standardized tests as those in public schools.

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