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ACLU sues to allow gay club in Indiana school

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against an Indiana school district seeking to force it to recognize a club for GLBT students and those who support them. The lawsuit contends the North Putnam Community School Corp. is violating the First Amendment rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the students who are now members.

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Pregnant teachers at Chicago school rated poorly, targeted for firing

In a new lawsuit filed against the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools officials, the federal government alleges that the principal of Scammon Elementary School discriminated against pregnant teachers by giving them lower performance ratings and targeting them for firing.

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Gap between Pennsylvania's rich, poor schools doubled in 4 years

The gap between what wealthy districts and poor districts spend to educate children has widened dramatically in the four years since GOP Gov. Tom Corbett took office, amid deep budget-balancing cuts in state aid.

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Boston teachers’ union, schools agree to add learning time

For nearly 23,000 Boston public school students, the wait for each day’s dismissal bell could soon be a little longer. Children in 60 elementary and middle schools will spend 40 more minutes each day in class under an agreement between the city, the school district and the Boston Teachers Union.

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S.C. lawmakers ask court to rehear school equity case

Gov. Nikki Haley and state lawmakers are fighting a court order aimed at improving the state’s school system in rural, poor districts. In two petitions filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court, attorneys asked the justices to rehear a landmark school equity lawsuit that rural school districts brought against the state more than 20 years ago.

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Kansas not adequately funding K12 schools

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to adequately fund K12 schools. If the state, already facing a revenue shortfall, is ordered to increase state funding for education significantly, lawmakers would not have to grapple with that issue until 2016.

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57 Michigan school districts in deficit, state says

The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year from 52 to 57 and included Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools.

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Oklahoma considering stronger requirements for school instructional time

An Oregon Department of Education hearing discussED revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law. The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes.

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Alabama lawmakers to bring up charter school bill in 2015

Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that. Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis.

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Overpopulated N.C. schools spur study, forums for redistricting

An agreement between the board of education and Onslow County Board of Commissioners compels school leaders to pursue alternative solutions to enrollment growth before building new schools. The school system is studying reassignment to mitigate years of growth in Jacksonville and Richlands.

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