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Iowa school districts testing WiFi in school buses

Several Iowa school districts have begun pilot projects to install mobile wireless routers in their buses to see if providing on-board WiFi hotspots can help students get their homework completed during the long after-school commutes.

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N.Y. chancellor suggests more autonomy from new evaluations

New York's top education official wants to exempt high-performing districts from the new teacher- and principal-evaluation system that state lawmakers approved this week and give those districts more autonomy.

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Colorado school districts struggling to get more substitute teachers

A steady decrease in the number of available substitute teachers across the state has many school districts getting creative with ways to recruit more temporary teachers, including more frequent interview events, increasing pay and offering substitute positions to student teachers already working in the district.

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Two Kansas school districts to close early because of budgets

The Concordia school district and Twin Valley School District plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year.

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Compton sued by district over marijuana dispensaries near schools

The California district's school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools. State law prohibits dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of educational institutions, but Compton’s municipal ordinances actually ban marijuana shops.

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School spending rises per pupil in New Jersey

New Jersey schools spent an average of $19,211 to educate each student last year, a 1.6 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year. Spending varied widely among local districts, according to figures released by the state Department of Education.

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Budget ideologies stall Iowa school funding approval

A weeks-long legislative tussle over school funding levels for the 2015-2016 school year continues at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideological disagreement over budgetary practices.

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Justice Department probes Dallas County's possible 'school-to-prison pipeline'

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

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New York budget increases school funding, amends teacher evaluation rules

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

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North Carolina school bus camera bill passes in Senate committee

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

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