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Calif. school, government settle transgender complaint

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The Downey USD agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students

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Philadelphia charter school to hold a lottery to slash enrollment

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

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Second virtual school in Maine one step closer to opening

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

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Indiana Board of Education delays A-F release over data questions

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

Providence officials define role of school police resource officers

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

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State tosses out test results for entire Seattle elementary school

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

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Wisc. aid for school districts will increase $85.5 million over last year

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

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S.C. school safety task force: more lockdown drills, officers needed

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

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Indiana school district defends plan to allow alcohol on school grounds

A plan to serve alcohol on school grounds has drawn criticism from the community, but Lebanon Community School Corporation is defending the decision. Under new policies that the school board will vote on next week, certain events outside school hours would provide the option through a catering company to bring in beer and wine.

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New charter schools unlikely in Massachusetts

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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