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City council takes on school segregation in New York

The New York City Council is taking measures to fight a trend of segregation in its schools. A bill introduced to the council directs the state Department of Education to report on the measures taken and progress made in increasing diversity in city schools.

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Wealthy parents pour private money into public schools, study finds

From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. A new study found that nonprofits organized by parents and community leaders more than quadrupled the dollars they generated between 1995 and 2010.

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Enrollment dips to lowest in years in Chicago's public schools

Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment dipped below 400,000 for the first time in years. District-run schools lost about 7,000 students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.

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Indiana Supreme Court to hear case on school bus fees

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether it's unconstitutional to make parents pay for their children to ride the bus to public schools.

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Anchorage School District bans military recruiters indefinitely

On the heels of allegations of sexual and other misconduct against officers in the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska district has halted all military recruiting at its schools indefinitely.

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Rules and paperwork keep Long Island’s immigrant children from classroom

Dozens of the roughly 2,500 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to relatives or other sponsors on New York's Long Island so far this year have been unable to register for school as parents and guardians fight with the bureaucracies of the school districts to prove the children's eligibility.

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Two Mass. schools placed on probation by education board

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved probation for a Boston charter school and for the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues. Failure to show academic improvement in a year could lead to closure.

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For more teens, arrests by police replace school discipline

Some jurisdictions are so overwhelmed that they are experimenting with routing schoolchildren into specially designed courts that would keep first-time offenders from being saddled with an arrest record. Others have passed new laws or policies to dial back police involvement in school discipline.

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In New York City, 15 of 42 superintendents replaced

Nearly 36 percent of New York City's 42 city school superintendents have been replaced as Chancellor Carmen Fariña enacts a plan to fix the city’s troubled classrooms. Her goal is to create a highly experienced group of superintendents capable of whipping the nation’s largest school system into shape.

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Louisiana schools show modest improvement in 2014

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White delivered the news of steady progress and modest improvements by the state's public school students with words of caution — it's good news, but it may not last for long.

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