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High schools must add hours to their course schedules, Oregon declares

Many Portland-area high schools will have to revise their high school schedules for the coming year to comply with a state directive to make every high school class at least 130 hours long. High school credits issued will be considered invalid starting next school year unless they comply with the ruling.

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Syracuse, N.Y. teachers, parents call for action on school discipline

A newly formed teachers and parents group asked the Syracuse school board to ensure that violent or disruptive students are quickly removed from their regular classrooms and transferred to alternative programs.

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Indiana lawmakers revise bill to allow guns on school property

The primary change made by lawmakers negotiating Senate Bill 229 is intended to clarify language that gun opponents thought would have allowed people to carry guns while on school parking lots or in school buildings.

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"No child...is going to go hungry" lunch bill passes Minn. House

Minnesota House unanimously approved a $3.5 million measure for the state underwrite the cost of hot lunches for students who are eligible for reduced priced lunch. A provision was also added to forbid schools from stigmatizing or demeaning students who lacked the funds to pay for hot lunches.

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Later start improves teens' health and grades, reduces car crashes

When high schools switch to later start times, student health and grades improve, according to a new University of Minnesota study funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found a link between later times and a reduction in car crashes involving teens.

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Wash. closer to requiring 24-credit diploma for high school graduation

Senate Bill 6552 would require most school districts to implement a 24-credit graduation standard starting with the class of 2019. A 24-credit diploma is something lawmakers identified as a goal five years ago, but never have required.

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Baltimore seeks to increase non-resident school tuition

Baltimore City is working to raise tuition again for students who live outside of the district but attend city schools. If it passes, it would be the largest increase in almost a decade and the third highest for non-resident students in Maryland.

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Number of Illinois districts in financial distress doubles

A higher number of Illinois school districts are in poor to dire financial shape, with 121 getting low or dismal ratings in the state’s annual financial report card for schools. That’s more than double the number of districts in the two lowest categories just two years ago.

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Parents may have complete school choice in Florida's Duval County

Parents may soon be able to freely pick their child’s public school for the next school year, regardless of neighborhood or school feeder pattern, thanks to a new proposal to open enrollment for all of Duval’s 117,000 public school students.

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Rocketship, charter schools dealt setback by San Jose court ruling

The South Bay movement to fast-track the opening of charter schools has been dealt a setback, with a court ruling that California's Santa Clara County Board of Education lacks the authority to exempt charter schools from local zoning rules while deciding where to place campuses.

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