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Lifting ban on cell phones in school considered by Prince George’s County

Members of the Maryland county's board of education are considering lifting a ban on cellphones for most students in the district. The policy committee will look at whether to alter the policy to allow for use depending on grade level and instructional use.

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Ministries propose school-release program in Brunswick County

Local Baptists, in partnership with the national School Ministries organization, have proposed a new program for the North Carolina county s school system that would offer public school students the chance to be released from class for religious instruction once a month at area churches.

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Florida board asks for extra federal funds for migrant children

With scores of unaccompanied children landing in South Florida after streaming this year in unprecedented numbers across the U.S.-Mexican border, the Miami-Dade School Board warned that an influx of needy children could create a financial crisis. Board members agreed to request more money from the federal government to handle what administrators say is a sudden spike of foreign-born children,

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Maryland school board passes $1.02 billion operating budget

Anne Arundel County's school board passed a $1.02 billion operating budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that includes teacher raises, a new salary scale and the addition of 75 new teaching positions. In addition, the budget contained $5.3 million for the new Monarch Global Academy.

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Philadelphia schools need $96 million more in budget

Superintendent William Hite said that the district needs an additional $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year. In his last-minute plea for funding, he implored city and state lawmakers to invest much more in the cash-strapped system. Without the extra money, the system could see class sizes above 40 and more than 800 teachers laid off.

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New York City mayor touts programs offering extra student services

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving forward with several education initiatives to help transform city schools. The city will spend $52 million in state grant money to transform 40 schools into "Community Schools," which will include extra services for students and families, such as health clinics, dental care and family counseling.

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N.C. school districts encouraged but concerned about state budget

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the North Carolina's 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated.

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Leaders at odds on cost of South Dakota school funding

As South Dakota lawmakers start a study about the future of education in South Dakota, lawmakers and educators clashed over how much money they even should be talking about to improve schools in the state.

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Four-day school weeks possible with Iowa law change

A change to state law will make it easier for Iowa school districts to tweak the structure of the school week, giving them more freedom to try new schedules. Starting July 1, school officials can count instructional time in either days or hours.

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Bill to speed firing of some California public school teachers advances

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law. The faster process would apply to California teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

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