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Goodwill receives approval for Tennessee adult charter school

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

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Last school fires Connecticut charter group FUSE

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

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Federal complaint investigates over Houston school closures

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

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Mass. senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

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Normandy parents sue over school transfer changes

In Missouri, a group of Normandy school district parents have filed suit over recent changes to student attendance rules that limit the number of pupils who can transfer to better-performing schools in other districts.

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Texas charter face closure for improper financial management

Prime Prep Academy, the Texas charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders, faces closure for improper financial management and not complying with state education code. The Texas Education Agency intends to revoke the open-enrollment charter of Uplift Fort Worth, the parent organization of two Prime Prep campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Judge orders Ohio to sponsor charter school

VLT Academy, a 600-student charter school in Pendleton, will remain open next year thanks to a judge's ruling. The judge is forcing the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor the school next year, thereby saving it from closure.

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North Carolina school begins year-round pilot program

An Asheville City elementary school will began school again very soon as part of a new year-round pilot program. If the pilot program is successful, other Asheville City schools are expected to go to the year-round calendar.

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Kansas educators considered school bill vote when endorsing candidates

After months of saying teachers would show their discontent with the Legislature at the polls, Kansas' largest teachers union endorsed a slate of candidates for the Kansas House. The Legislature had linked a provision that ended state-mandated hearings before public school teachers can be fired to a Supreme Court-ordered fix for school funding.

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Missouri governor rejects bill that would arm teachers

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed Senate Bill 656. The bill would have allowed districts to designate teachers or school administrators as "school protection officers." They would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in school buildings and classrooms.

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