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Appeals panel sides with Arkansas school district

A federal appeals court panel has affirmed a judge's ruling that the Blytheville School District acted properly when it opted out of Arkansas' School Choice Act and blocked the request of several white parents to transfer their children to neighboring districts.

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School attendance gap starts early, report says

Kindergartners in Missouri had one of the poorest attendance rates in the state last year, topped only by high schoolers who are notorious for skipping class.Disparities in school attendance rates that start as early as preschool and kindergarten are contributing to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country, according to a new report.

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Alabama bill would bar using public school funds to influence voters

A bill to be proposed in the 2016 legislative session would prohibit institutions of higher education and local schools from expending any public funds, make any contributions from public funds or using public property to advocate for electors to vote in favor of or against a statewide or local ballot measure.

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Propane powered buses considered by Pennsylvania district

Board Member Eric Zajac said the district had accepted a grant to help defray the cost of the propane buses. The grant, from Philadelphia Clean Cities, gives the district up to $5,000 per bus.

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Wisconsin schools taking security seriously, make upgrades

Cards with I.D. pictures will replace metal keys and fobs. These will be displayed before card-reading mechanisms that scan an electronic chip and, if the I.D. is authorized, unlock a school door.

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Iowa schools fall short for children with asthma

As students across Iowa try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies.

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Education coordinators for homeless kids are rare — and overworked — in Kentucky

No state in the country appropriates additional money specifically for homeless education programs, but states with programs that are viewed as successful have full-time coordinators at the state and local district levels.

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NYC's worst-performing schools are also its most segregated

At 283 schools in the bottom quarter of Common Core test scores in Grades 3 through 8 this year, an average 96 percent of kids are black and Hispanic, 2 percent white and 2 percent Asian, city data show.

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Massachusetts schools tackle student stress

Some of that stress is due to factors external to school; family financial troubles, hectic extracurricular schedules and demanding parents are just a few stressors many students face, experts say.

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Four-day school weeks popular in Southeast Idaho

Beginning with a recession that gained ground in 2009 and faced with reduced state funding, dozens of school districts in rural areas of Idaho trimmed their school weeks and eliminated Friday classes to save money for hot lunch, utilities, transportation and substitute teachers.

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