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Ohio school district launches single-gender school

Toledo Public Schools opened its first single gender school this fall with the male and female students of Jones Leadership Academy separated by floors. The school will start with seventh- through ninth-grade students and expand at a later time through 12th grade.

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Districts explore online programs to compete with Maine’s virtual charters

A week into the school year, Maine’s first virtual charter school has enrolled close to 300 students. In response, some school districts have explored creating virtual programs to keep students from leaving their brick-and-mortar schools for the virtual charter and taking state and local funds with them.

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ACLU challenges several Florida districts on single-gender classes

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint against the Hernando County School District over its single-gender classes at an elementary school, claiming the classes violate federal anti-discrimination laws. The organization also filed complaints calling for federal investigations into the single-sex classroom programs in Broward and Volusia counties.

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Parent sues school system to carry weapon at Atlanta school

There are several lawsuits pending in metro Atlanta demanding that licensed gun owners be allowed to take their weapon onto public school property. The latest suit has been filed by a parent in Gwinnett County, calling into question which of the two new gun laws takes precedence on school property.

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Scranton district opens new special education school

The Pennsylvania school district opened the Monticello School, a new school catering specifically to special education students with additional emotional support and autism services offered. The district is partnering with the Scranton Counseling Center and the Friendship House for the new K12 school.

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3,000 Minn. high school athletes suffered concussions

A state-mandated study of high school athletes' concussions in Minnesota showed that athletic trainers from 36 public high schools voluntarily reported 730 concussions. Researchers projected from that an estimated 3,000 concussions among the state's young athletes in the 2013-2014 school year.

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New Jersey parents sue over charter schools

A group of Camden parents has sued the state Department of Education, claiming a recent decision to approve two new Renaissance schools was done illegally. The lawsuit alleges that there was a failure to review the charter schools' segregative and financial effects on Camden School District.

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State of Georgia shorts school districts more than $400 per student

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute's updated 2013 “Schoolhouse Squeeze” report on school funding found continued underfunding of the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. According to the report, districts would get an average of $439 more per student during the current school year if the legislature fully funded education in line with the state QBE formula.

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Boston schools backtrack on recording audio on buses

Boston school officials have decided they will only record images — and not voices and other sounds — when they turn on more than 650 surveillance cameras installed on all school buses. Initially, school officials had planned to activate the microphones but concerns were raised about potentially violating students’ right to privacy.

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Government gives $3.1 million for Newtown school recovery

The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $3.2 million for Newtown's schools for this school year and 2015-2016. Since the December 14, 2012, shootings, the Connecticut district has received a total of $6.4 million, one of the largest grants from the Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program.

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