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Texas judge can stay on school-finance case

State District Judge John Dietz will continue to preside over the long-running case that is challenging the way Texas finances its public schools, a visiting judge ruled. The state's attorney general pushed to remove Dietz from the case, arguing that recently revealed emails show the judge was biased in favor of plaintiffs lawyers.

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Lawsuits attempt to end federal school oversight in Mississippi

Forty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight. Legal battles over school desegregation have persisted since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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New York high school graduation rates up statewide

High school graduation rates are up slightly statewide, and so are the numbers of seniors earning high enough marks on state English and math exams to be deemed ready for college, the state Education Department reported.

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Government investigates race in Florida school discipline

Six months after the Obama administration issued new recommendations on classroom discipline – seeking to end what it sees as racial disparities – the federal government is investigating the Hillsborough County school district for its practices in dealing with violations of school rules.

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Program helps foster youths become high school grads

In California, 58 percent of foster youths graduated from high school their senior year in 2009-2010. A program in Los Angeles County has been aiming to reverse that trend. Under the initiative, a group of social workers tracks the academic progress of foster children and makes sure they stay on the path to graduation.

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School food use as compost increasing in New York

New York’s school composting efforts are part of an expanding citywide program in which residents are being asked to separate their scraps for pickups by city sanitation trucks. The city is also teaming up with districts in cities nationwide to make bulk purchases of compostable plates.

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Jersey City district admits student info was taken in data breach

After denying a data breach, Jersey City school officials are now alleging that a local charter school did improperly access students' personal information. The district has restricted the charter school's access to the system and is determining the extent of the data breach and how to protect student information.

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Columbus area schools win $36 million in ‘Straight A’ state grants

Five Franklin County school districts, a STEM school, a charter school and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio were among the 37 schools and consortiums awarded nearly $150 million in the second round of education grants from Ohio’s Straight A Fund.

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Kansas schools may expand free meal programs

A new federal program could allow some Kansas schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, at no cost to their families.

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Philadelphia City Council agrees to borrow $30M to aid schools

At the last possible moment, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday came up with the money that a struggling School District had been pleading for.

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