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New York City public schools to have Muslim holidays off

The city's public schools will now observe two Muslim holidays, making the nation's biggest district one of the few to put Islamic holy days on its calendar. There will be no class for Eid al-Adha starting this September, while Eid al-Fitr will become a holiday for those in summer school starting in 2016.

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118 city schools apply for PROSE program

The New York City public schools have applied for the PROSE program, which will allow them to experiment with new teacher work rules such as teacher schedules and class sizes.

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Texas Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled key portions of the upper chamber's education agenda, reviving proposals to "unshackle" innovative, successful schools while holding those that are underperforming.

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Fla. testing glitches continue, governor asked to suspend school testing

Several Florida school districts have reported issues with computerized testing for the second straight day, despite assurances from state education officials that Florida Standards Assessment problems that arose Monday had been fixed.

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Pennsylvania governor's budget focused on education

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes, but use much of that new money to give school districts almost $4 billion for property tax breaks.

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Tommy Chang chosen as new Boston school superintendent

The Boston School Committee selected LAUSD administrator Tommy Chang as the city’s next superintendent, bringing to an end a nearly 18-month search. Chang has been working with more than 130 low-achieving schools as an instructional superintendent in LAUSD’s Intensive Support and Innovation Center.

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Controversial school vouchers considered In Oklahoma

Parents who want to send their kids to private school could get state funding for tuition if supporters of a new proposal get their way. A bill that would establish 'Education Savings Accounts' is making its way through the Legislature.

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Cupcakes, doughnuts to make comeback in Michigan schools?

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate would give Michigan school officials flexibility to raise money at least three times a week by selling snacks now banned under federal guidelines.

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Cell phone use now allowed in New York City schools

New York City public school students were allowed to have their phones in school for the first time after the city officially ended the cell phone ban. Each school has developed its own rules for the phones, including allowing students to use them only during lunch and in designated areas.

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98 schools apply for Wisconson state voucher program

Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin's voucher program next fall. That is up from 68 schools that applied for this year. Enrollment is limited to 1,000 students, and if more than that apply, only the 25 schools with the most applicants will be allowed in the program.

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