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N.Y.'s charter schools downplay teacher inexperience amid strong performance

Many charter schools have a high number of teachers with little experience or instructors who are teaching outside of their certified subject areas, an analysis found. However, most of the charter schools with fewer teachers holding proper licenses and masters degrees still post higher scores on standardized tests than their district counterparts.

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Oregon school’s punishments for students upsets parents

A Portland elementary school has put an alternative discipline approach on hold after parents complained that it caused their kids to feel humiliated. While the district widely uses community-service discipline to give out chores that match a student's misbehavior, the methods in question have been temporarily put on hold at the K8 school in order to ensure it’s being used appropriately.

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Gloucester Township police, school board clash over school security

The future of the New Jersey district's school resource officer program remains uncertain amidst a simmering conflict between the board of education and municipality. The district is considering replacing two full-time police officers currently employed as school resource officers and two community education officers with a private security force.

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High school graduation rates for minority students improve faster than rest of nation

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the 2.4 percentage growth for all students in the nation, according to new National Center for Education Statistics data. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-13.

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Struggling New York City schools hope to change without proposed state takeover

Brooklyn’s once-proud Boys & Girls High School is in bad shape with an under 40 percent graduation rate. To counter Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desire to take over the Bedford-Stuyvesant school, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has chosen to use it to show that the city can fix its troubles without the state takeover Cuomo wants for many schools.

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President prepared to fight for school funding and education priorities

Pointing to increased high school graduation rates, President Barack Obama said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He's also calling for a focus on low-performing schools, annual assessments and investments in special education and English-language learners.

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Jefferson County asks federal judge to decide school split

The Alabama county's board of education has asked a U.S. District Court judge to decide the fate of Gardendale's proposal to form a new school system. The board alleges that its ability to live up to a 50-year-old desegregation order could be hurt if Gardendale splinters off without first paying millions of dollars so new schools could be built for displaced county students.

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Plan to curb school meal options draws fire

A plan by Boston public schools to cut cafeteria costs by reducing the variety and number of offerings is raising concerns among some parents and food service employees. The changes, scheduled to begin next month, affect more than 40 schools with on-site kitchens.

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Pro-charter school group gives Ohio low marks

A national group that promotes tax-funded, privately operated charter schools, gave Ohio low marks for its state laws and policies allowing the growth of the alternative public schools. Center for Education Reform's report ranked Ohio 28 out of the 42 states and District of Columbia that allow charter schools.

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Hoover school officials seek state opinion on release of payroll records

District officials are asking the Alabama attorney general for an opinion as to whether the Hoover school board has to release individual employees' payroll records when salary schedules are available and employees object.

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