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Coalition releases school grades for parents

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

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School's bible giveaway prompts threat of lawsuit

Bibles are reportedly being distributed to elementary students in a Georgia public school district this week — something that represents an “appalling violation” of children’s freedom of thought," says the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s why the organization has threatened to file a lawsuit if the practice doesn’t stop.

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More than 1 in 4 school-aged children in Louisiana live in poverty

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

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ACLU lawsuit: Ferguson school board excludes minorities

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court to challenge the district's election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Alternative to school suspension explored through restorative justice

Oakland USD says new, as-yet unpublished research shows the percentage of students suspended at schools that have fully adopted the restorative justice program has dropped by half, from 34 percent in 2011-12 to just 14 percent in the following two years.

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New Ohio tip line launches to field school threats

The SaferOH tip line, a 24/7 anonymous tip line, will accept calls and texts about suspicious activity 24 hours a day. Officials from more than 200 buildings signed up within the first 24 hours of the free tip line being offered.

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Virtual charter school proposals get OK from N.C. review board

Despite some reservations, plans for two online charter schools received the blessing of a state advisory board. Only two schools applied for the state-mandated slots: North Carolina Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with K12 Inc., and North Carolina Connections Academy, which is with Connections Education.

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High school grads feel unprepared

A new survey released by Achieve found recent high school grads feel unprepared for college and career and wish they’d been better informed about what they needed and encouraged to meet higher expectations.

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Schools hire help to boost lunches' kid appeal

Lunchtime in school cafeterias still faces a tastebud challenge in the third year of federal regulations requiring healthier meals. But while the 2012 federal school nutrition rules may give school administrators heartburn, they've spell opportunity for third-party businesses operating with considerably more resources than most school districts have.

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Flu forces entire Georgia school district to close

The fast-spreading flu in Georgia is forcing Polk County's school system to shut down and start winter break early. With 17 percent of the student body and 16 percent of the teachers out sick, the school superintendent closed all 10 schools on Wednesday.

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