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Gay social studies class a first at public San Francisco high school

A new college preparatory course at a San Francisco high school will focus on the gay rights movement, the AIDS crisis, the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists, and historic events such as the Stonewall Riot and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Decline of back-to-school spending reflects new consumer habits

As consumers increasingly stock up on back-to-school essentials throughout the year, and simultaneously shift their view as to what constitutes a school item in the first place, a new study has found that parents of K12 children plan to spend $434 on back-to-school items this year — a 20 percent decline.

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School districts in Ohio cutting librarians

In the past 10 years, the number of librarians, or full-time equivalents, in Ohio public schools has dropped by 43 percent, from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year to 923 in the 2013-14 year, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

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Audit: N.C. schools misspent Medicaid dollars

The Public Schools of Robeson County unknowingly misspent about $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements intended for students with disabilities. The report suggests that other districts in the state failed to spend the money properly because of misinformation provided by the state’s Department of Public Instruction regarding how it should be used.

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Maine public schools look to woo students from overseas

In Maine, several private schools and academies have sizeable international programs with admissions departments to lead efforts to spread the school’s reach overseas. Smaller public programs often are one-person shops, perhaps the principal or a guidance counselor, who occasionally take recruiting trips overseas.

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A principal concern: 1 in 3 Dallas ISD schools will have new leaders in fall

When classes start next month, Dallas ISD expects to have more schools with new principals than at any time in a decade or more.

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New tests, reading law for Arizona schools

With the use of a new statewide assessment — AzMERIT — test scores for reading, writing and math will be released later than usual — in October — and will likely be much different than AIMS results, as it uses more rigorous standards.

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Ohio’s rural schools are online leaders on state tests

State officials were surprised by the number of rural schools that tested all their students online: 24 percent of 231 districts, the largest rate among any category of districts.

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Indiana schools pay to advertise districts to attract non-district transfers

The competition for school enrollment is heating up in Indiana in the wake of open enrollment.

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Oregon schools' opt-out law for tests still a sore point with feds

The U.S. Department of Education takes seriously the requirement that states must test at least 95 percent of students, both overall and in specific categories such as low-income or special education, in order to get an accurate read on how well schools are serving all students.

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