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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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New York high school graduation rates up statewide

High school graduation rates are up slightly statewide, and so are the numbers of seniors earning high enough marks on state English and math exams to be deemed ready for college, the state Education Department reported.

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Government investigates race in Florida school discipline

Six months after the Obama administration issued new recommendations on classroom discipline – seeking to end what it sees as racial disparities – the federal government is investigating the Hillsborough County school district for its practices in dealing with violations of school rules.

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Program helps foster youths become high school grads

In California, 58 percent of foster youths graduated from high school their senior year in 2009-2010. A program in Los Angeles County has been aiming to reverse that trend. Under the initiative, a group of social workers tracks the academic progress of foster children and makes sure they stay on the path to graduation.

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