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Coaches, parents fight Ohio’s new charter school enrollment rule for sports

The Columbus City School district is preparing to ask the Ohio High School Athletic Association to reconsider a new rule it feels unfairly punishes some Columbus high school sports teams. Many are upset that students who aren't attending their assigned Columbus high school will count in determining what division the schools' teams compete in starting this fall.

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School initiative launched to help children exposed to trauma

To better address the negative impacts on children exposed to violence and trauma, the A-Chance Initiative was launched in western Arkansas to alert school officials throughout six counties of instances when police encounter children while responding to a violent crime in a home.

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Whistleblower suit over Fremont school testing settled

A former teacher who was fired after claiming students were cheating on standardized tests has settled a lawsuit against the district. A Michigan Department of Education investigation found conflicting rules regarding the use of calculators during the ACT.

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Shackling video sparks fierce debate on school discipline

A video showing an 8-year-old boy being shackled to a chair in school has ignited a firestorm over aggressive policing in public schools. The video was entered as evidence in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against a Kentucky school, sheriff and officer.

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Calif.’s labor board issues complaint in charter school unionization effort

The complaint alleges that the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles interfered with the right of its teachers to unionize by denying pro-union organizers access to school buildings after work hours, distributing documents that criticized unionization efforts and blocking emails to employees.

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State sets new minimum scores for high school graduation

Washington’s State Board of Education set new minimum scores that high school students must reach on standardized English and math tests in order to graduate. State Board members say they represent, in effect, a temporary graduation standard while the state’s students transition to the new, more rigorous Common Core standards.

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Utah school boards approve tax to offset charter funding

Two Salt Lake County school boards signed off on property tax increases, citing a need to offset funds paid to the state's independent charter schools.

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Illinois Senate passes legislation to help Chicago's school system

The state Senate cleared the way to appropriate $4.8 billion in federal funds for Illinois programs and agencies amid the state’s budget stalemate. The bill would help Chicago Public Schools by picking up $200 million in pension costs.

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Ohio school board members seek education department review

Several state school board members are calling for an independent investigation of the Ohio Department of Education and state superintendent amid concerns about the handling of charter school evaluations and the creation of a Youngstown schools plan.

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Study questions value of teacher development

Investments in ongoing training for teachers usually didn’t improve their performance, and schools should rethink how they try to bolster their teachers’ skills, according to a new TNTP study. Only three out of 10 teachers in districts that spend an average of $18,000 per teacher yearly saw their practice improve substantially over three years.

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