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Virtual schools coming to Alabama's school systems

Every Alabama school system would be required to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for high school students by the 2016-17 academic year under a bill lawmakers passed.

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S.C. sheriff fighting replacement of school resource officers with private security guards

The decision to add a private security guard on every Chester County campus would eliminate the need for four school resource officers. The district says the decision is about more efficiently using district funds to place security on each school campus.

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Is public boarding school the way to solve educational ills?

Buffalo's chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.

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Oklahoma governor signs charter school bill

School districts throughout the state will have the ability to create charter schools under a new bill. It amends the current law, which allowed the creation of charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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N.Y. judge rules that school leadership meetings are public

New York City’s bid to keep members of the public out of school leadership team meetings is illegal. A judge rejected the city’s argument that the joint parent-educator teams play only an advisory role and so are not subject to open-meetings rules.

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Legal remedies sought to avoid paying full cost of Wis.'s new test

Wisconsin House legislators will soon vote on proposed legislation that would prevent this year’s Badger Exam test scores from being used to evaluate teachers and schools. Since January, technological glitches have prevented the online exam from adapting to a student’s abilities as intended, among other issues.

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Advocates push for cameras on N.Y. and N.J. school buses

Cameras on school buses may soon be watching drivers on the road. Advocates unveiled what they called proof that cameras are needed to keep children safe. School officials claim drivers illegally speed past stopped school buses an estimated 50,000 times per day in New York state.

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Some Ohio school districts have guns at the ready

An estimated 30 Ohio school districts include in their security plans guns that are locked in safes, ready to be used by trained staff in case an active shooter enters school grounds. Law enforcement experts believe that more than two dozen Ohio school districts have made guns available to teachers in case of an emergency.

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After years of decline, Oregon rebuilds school-to-career programs

Over the past 15 years, as employment trends increasingly favored skilled workers, Oregon public schools cut the number of career and technical education (CTE) programs nearly in half. In 2013, that had turned around with nearly 58 percent of Oregon high school graduates earning at least one credit from a CTE program going on to higher education.

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Wisconsin public schools to share over $35 million

Public school districts throughout the state will share $35.5 million in library aid, which will be paid from state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Funding is up $5.3 million from last year.

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