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New York City budget includes additional $23 Million for school arts

The Department of Education's budget for arts education is set to get a multi-million dollar boost, and that could help some schools rebuild their their programs after years of budget cuts.

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Missouri law allowing transfers out of failing schools reversed

Hundreds of mostly poor minority students who used a controversial Missouri law to transfer out of failing schools will be sent back to their home districts next school year, following a battle in the legislature and several decisions by the department of education.

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Two Michigan schools look at annexation possibilities

As Whitmore Lake Public Schools teeters on the brink of plunging into debt, its officials and those from Ann Arbor Public Schools are now investigating the feasibility of Ann Arbor annexing the smaller district.

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Arizona approves $12 million for school officers

A joint committee at the state Legislature approved $12 million in spending for 118 school-safety resource officers in 32 districts statewide.

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Massachusetts panel refuses to abandon formula for charter schools

In a move highly objected to by charter school advocates, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education refused to abandon a new way of determining which districts get more charter schools and even voted to bolster the use of a controversial set of data.

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Report shows inequality across Atlanta's school system

A new report commissioned by Georgia's Atlanta Public Schools with researchers at Georgia State University shows inequality across the board, from teacher experience to playgrounds.

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Missouri school districts start concealed weapons training

Some school districts in Missouri have started training educators to carry concealed weapons in classrooms. Only district administrators, fellow program members and local law enforcement will be privy to the identities of the trained teachers.

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Minnesota city sees uptick in summer school enrollment

St. Paul's school district continues to learn in large numbers through the summer vacation. In 2013, 8,000 students enrolled in summer school whereas this year's enrollment boomed to 13,000. The district also added a dozen new programs, like "Why Try," a social and emotional curriculum designed to help students increase their self-esteem.

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Texas judge can stay on school-finance case

State District Judge John Dietz will continue to preside over the long-running case that is challenging the way Texas finances its public schools, a visiting judge ruled. The state's attorney general pushed to remove Dietz from the case, arguing that recently revealed emails show the judge was biased in favor of plaintiffs lawyers.

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Lawsuits attempt to end federal school oversight in Mississippi

Forty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight. Legal battles over school desegregation have persisted since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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