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Hawaii's public school chronic absenteeism drops by 39 percent

Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 Strive HI Performance System results. The state saw a 7 percent drop in chronic absenteeism from 18 to 11 percent for 2013-2014 while 163 of 169 elementary schools improved their chronic absenteeism rates.

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High teacher turnover in Wisconsin district

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is trying to rebound from one of the biggest teacher turnovers it's ever seen to keep education from suffering. More than 100 teachers have quit or retired, including the superintendent.

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Kansas schools not exploiting school finance formula

The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.

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San Francisco board delays decision on altering school assignment system

An effort to tweak San Francisco's school assignment system in favor of neighborhood schools has been delayed. If the board opts to change the system in the spring, it would leave more time to adjust the formula and inform parents ahead of the 2016-2017 fall-winter school assignment process than if it changed it now for 2015-2016.

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Let them sleep: Pediatricians' group recommends delaying start times

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later to align school schedules to adolescents' biological sleep rhythms. Studies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. 

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Mississippi treasurer pushes for financial literacy education

According to a 2013 report by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), "Mississippi stood out as the least financially capable state, placing in the bottom five in four out of five measures."

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Vermont board of education opposes NCLB

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."

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Enrollment options to NC charter and public schools creates confusion

There is no rule to stop parents from applying to multiple schools for their students to attend, according to the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools.

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Cedar Rapids schools may shift models for mental health services

If Cedar Rapids school board members approve new agreements with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, school-based therapy largely will be replaced in favor of assessments and consultations.

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Maryland schools see influx of immigrants from Central America

While Maryland schools are well equipped to take in immigrants, the thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the border from Central America bring a new set of issues.

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