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Chicago's school closing process last year declared a success

Following the city's large school closing process last year, a district analysis of the Chicago schools consolidated with the closed 47 elementary schools showed that incidents of misconduct were down in schools that took in children from closed schools and grade point averages had risen.

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Massachusetts adopts new charter cap proposal

Lawmakers resurrected a bill that would allow more charter schools in underperforming districts but did not address reimbursement increases to traditional public schools.

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Wisconsin district will vote on scaled-back behavior plan

The Madison School Board is weighing whether to implement a new student discipline policy across the district next school year or to try it out as a pilot program first for a year in 11 schools with higher numbers of reported behavioral problems.

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Guns in school parking lots bill signed in Indiana

The governor signed into law a measure to allow adults to keep guns locked in their vehicles in school parking lots. Current Indiana law can make it a felony for legal gun permit holders to even inadvertently have their guns in their vehicles while they drop off their children at school.

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Senate panel approves Tennessee school voucher plan

A Tennessee bill that would issue vouchers for private school tuition to up to 5,000 low-income students this fall and to as many as 20,000 students in 2017 passed through the Senate Education Committee.

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New Florida writing test will use computers to grade student essays

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer.

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Three new innovative high schools opening doors in Philadelphia

North Philadelphia will be home to three new high schools in September. The schools are expected to add a grade each year and eventually enroll 475-600 students. The non-selective schools will follow the project/competency-based education model.

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Networked security cameras unveiled for all Baltimore elementary schools

Baltimore County invested $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system in 107 elementary schools to make security footage available in real time to county police and the county's Department of School Safety and Security. All 173 county schools were outfitted with a baseline of security devices in 2013.

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Kansas funding of full-day kindergarten not advancing

With the legislature focused on following the Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering legislators to restore funding that helps poor districts, the proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten will most likely not advance during the current session.

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Florida’s system of grading schools heading for potential overhaul

Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system. The proposal would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

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