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Innovative bill to save tiny school passes committee

A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is aimed at preventing Maine's School Administrative District 27 from shutting down the tiny school because of declining enrollments and rising education costs.

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Oregon Senate OKs bill limiting discipline of disruptive grade school students

Under a new bill, Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that some schools may disproportionately use against minority students and students with disabilities.

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Senators to update education law

Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

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Maine high school graduation rate shows slight improvement

Maine’s high school graduation rate increased slightly to 86.5 percent for 2013-14, and remains in the top 10 states in the nation. The state ranks sixth for its limited English proficiency graduation rate and 12th for its economically disadvantaged student graduation rate.

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School safety zones unconstitutionally barred sex offenders from half of Grand Rapids

A restriction prohibiting sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools made a patchwork path of nearly half of Michigan's Grand Rapids off-limits to people on a statewide registry. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the "geographic exclusion zones" are unconstitutional.

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Texas House attempts ambitious school funding fix

A sweeping House proposal would increase per-pupil funding by $3 billion for 94 percent of the state’s 5.2 million public school students — with some school districts in wealthy areas, or those not currently collecting local property taxes at high enough rates, virtually the only ones left out.

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Kansas senator proposes bill on out-of-district transfers

The new bill aims to protect current out-of-district transfer students but won’t require districts to continue to accept new nonresidents. Critics allege the bill doesn’t address the real reason the districts are limiting transfer students — budget cuts related to the state’s new law establishing temporary block grants for schools.

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Bibles given at Oklahoma school prompts investigation

Duncan Public Schools is investigating an allegation of an elementary teacher passing out Bibles in a classroom. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a national nonprofit organization whose legal center focuses on separation-of-church-and-state issues, argues the incident violates the First Amendment.

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Connecticut using more rigorous system for charter school renewal

Beginning next month, Connecticut's State Board of Education is expected to use a new more rigorous process to decide whether to renew the charters of six existing charter schools. The legislature is also currently considering a bill that would bolster charter school transparency and accountability.

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Some New York schools could face takeover

More than 170 schools across the state could face a takeover if they don't boost their lagging academic performance. The new law means the targeted schools  most of them from big urban school districts like New York, Rochester and Yonkers — will have to act briskly or face the prospect of ceding control to an outside entity.

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