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Seattle's preschool program won’t pay for transportation

While Seattle’s new preschool program will seek to enroll children from different economic backgrounds in the same classrooms, it won’t bus children between neighborhoods to help achieve that mix.

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Aldermen turn up heat on Chicago Public School's bond deals

The Chicago City Council’s Education and Child Development Committee will hold a hearing to examine Chicago Public Schools’ borrowing practices. Eight aldermen signed a resolution calling for the hearing in the wake of a Chicago Tribune analysis of the school district’s foray into auction-rate debt.

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York City School Board tables vote to turn its schools into charters

The Pennsylvania district's school board, faced once again with hours of comment from community members who urged them not to turn the district's schools into charters, voted to table the idea to get more information on a proposed contract with Charter Schools USA.

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More than 1,200 superintendents take the Future Ready District Pledge

President Obama launched a new effort to assist school leaders in their transition to digital learning with the Future Ready Digital Pledge as part of the President’s ConnectED initiative. The pledge asks school superintendents to foster a culture of learning through technology, among other points.

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N.J. school district faces Pledge of Allegiance 'under God' discrimination suit

A judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed against the Aberdeen-Matawan School District by a family who claim the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs.

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Charter schools suspend more than traditional schools in Boston

Boston charter schools are far more likely than traditional school systems to suspend students, usually for minor infractions such as violating dress codes or being disrespectful, a high-risk disciplinary action that could cause students to disengage from their classes, according to a Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice report.

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Schools plead different sides of proposed Illinois funding shakeup

After an Illinois House hearing to air opinions from across the state, lawmakers will continue to consider a controversial proposal aimed at sending more money to poorer Illinois school districts. It has drawn the ire of many suburban officials whose districts would stand to lose money as a result.

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Suspensions a problem in New York school district

Students in the Rochester School District are being suspended at a staggering rate for relatively minor offenses, with minorities and the disabled faring the worst, according to new data released by the district.

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Georgia school district prepared for end of snow days

Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, children in the Forsyth County school system will have to balance outdoor fun with online learning as the district will no longer have snow days. If weather forces school closures, students will be expected to log in from home online for lessons.

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Poor youths found to get less learning time in school than rich

Teacher absences, a lack of substitutes, emergency lockdowns, late-arriving students and pre- or postholiday distractions or other interruptions take up time in California's high-poverty schools — the equivalent of two weeks of lost learning time each year, according to a new UCLA report.

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