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Chicago school board approves more than $1 billion in new borrowing

Plans have been approved to borrow more than $1 billion in an effort to manage an immediate cash crunch and get through the coming budget year for the Chicago school system. The borrowing is on top of an existing line of credit of up to $500 million.

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Massachusetts district expanding elementary school report card pilot

The Worcester School Department plans to expand an electronic report card pilot program to eight new elementary schools next school year. The new digital model enables administrators and families to track students' records online while teachers can more easily submit grades.

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Utica district begins laying off educators to balance budget

Michigan's second largest school district, Utica Community Schools, will begin laying off more than 30 teachers as part of its budget balance plan that includes staff layoffs, the sale of vacant district property, the consolidation of bus routes and cuts in the district's alternative program.

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Schools ask for more flexibility in school lunch regulations

School districts were back before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education this week to ask for more flexibility in the new healthy school lunch regulations, which they say have made school lunches unappealing.

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Newark school board votes to back bill to curb charter growth

The New Jersey city's school advisory board has thrown its support behind a bill that would temporarily curb the growth of charter schools around the state. The proposed bill has particular gravity in Newark, where about 40 percent of students currently attend charter schools.

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Back-to-school spending seen rising

A National Retail Federation poll finds that 29 percent of households with children plan to spend more on back-to-school shopping this year—up from 24 percent in 2014. However, a separate study by America's Research Group found that 58 percent of parents said they would buy only minimally during the traditional back-to-school season.

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Wake County changing how students board school buses

The North Carolina district's students will learn a new system for crossing the road to get on school buses that school leaders hope will improve safety for the 80,000 children who ride daily.

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Lunar New Year added to New York public school calendar

Asian Lunar New Year will become an official public school holiday. This is a reversal from just a few months ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio's office had said it would not be added to next year's calendar due to concerns over being able to fulfill the number of state mandated days of instruction. Roughly one in eight New York City residents is Asian.

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Missouri school districts offer help to two struggling systems

Twenty-two school districts in the St. Louis region will offer support to the struggling Riverview Gardens and Normandy school systems by reducing tuition payments they collect to educate the two unaccredited district's transfer students.

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Questions remain as new chapter in Newark schools begin

Four months after the Department of Education renewed the contract of Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the troubled state-controlled New Jersey school district is stepping down. After 21 years in state control, the question remains whether Newark Public Schools should be returned to local leadership.

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