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Justice Department probes Dallas County's possible 'school-to-prison pipeline'

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

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New York budget increases school funding, amends teacher evaluation rules

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

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North Carolina school bus camera bill passes in Senate committee

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

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Verdicts handed down in Atlanta school cheating scandal

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

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Washington gives first charter school last chance to improve

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

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High school graduation rate in Iowa tops 90 percent

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

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School district consolidation debated at Vermont House

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

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State aid increasing for many New York school districts

School districts got their first look at state aid projections this week — months later than normal   with many districts seeing increases above 10 percent.

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All-boys high school in gets legal OK from attorney general

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., says the city’s plan to open an all-boys college preparatory high school does not run afoul of federal laws to protect education equality for girls. The mayor plans to open the school for the 2016-17 school year.

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Senate panel advances Maryland charter school bill

Where Gov. Larry Hogan's original charter school expansion bill sought to make it easier to open more charter schools and give them greater flexibility in hiring, firing and funding, the amended version passed by a Senate panel only allows the state's existing successful charter schools to get slightly more flexibility.

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