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Ohio state panel recommends fewer tests

Students would take fewer tests and they would be administered closer to the end of the school year under an Ohio legislative panel's recommendations. The committee also said the state should find new vendors if the companies that provide the current tests don’t revamp them.

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Maine high school basketball to expand to five classes

The Maine Principals’ Association approved expanding the state’s high school basketball ranks from four to five classes beginning next winter. The five-class format was developed largely to address changing demographics throughout the state, including a shrinking student base and a southward population migration.

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School breakfast bill clears Nevada Senate

A new bill will implement a $2 million grant program so more schools can offer breakfast in school. Schools where 70 percent of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches would be eligible for grants to help them implement the program.

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Colorado bill to raise school's liability moves out of House committee

An amended version of a bill that would allow victims and relatives of school violence to sue school districts passed out of committee in the Colorado House. The bill would raise a school's responsibility for safety to a duty of "reasonable care" and creates an exemption to governmental immunity that protects against most lawsuits.

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Michigan's plan would create new debt-free Detroit school system

Gov. Rick Snyder announced a sweeping overhaul of Detroit's education system, including a proposal to split Detroit Public Schools in two as a way to eliminate its crippling debt but at the expense of other districts across Michigan.

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Michigan's highest court makes 'historic' visit to Pioneer High School

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments during a visit to the Ann Arbor high school in an effort to introduce students to the workings of the state's highest appellate court.

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New York City set to begin paying for charter-school rent

The city is getting ready to cut its first checks to charter schools that are paying for their own space — an outlay that could stretch to nearly $10 million for this school year, based on charter school enrollment figures.

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Alabama district approves virtual school pilot program

Although recent legislation will mandate that virtual classrooms would be available in every Alabama school system by the 2016-17 school year, Montgomery Public Schools will be getting a head start by launching a virtual high school pilot program this fall .

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Va. school cannot grant transgender student access to boys restroom

The Gloucester County School Board sent more than 1,000 pages of documentation to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding a federal civil rights complaint filed by a high school transgender student. The board instituted a policy in December restricting students to either single-stall restrooms or the restrooms designated for their biological gender.

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Failure to report numerous violent incidents at N.Y. schools

New York City's Education Department failed to report hundreds of violent incidents at at 10 city schools as required by law, according to a new 2011-13 audit. The state-mandated SAVE Act requires officials to report these incidents so that officials can intervene if safety is threatened.

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