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Baltimore City Schools scrambling to fill vacant teaching positions

The clock is ticking on the first day of class, and Baltimore City school leaders are working against it, trying to fill nearly 200 vacant teaching positions.

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More cuts announced for Philadelphia schools

The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

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Federal grants to fund before-school, after-school programs in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education said that 19 schools and two school districts in the state have been awarded federal grants to fund before- and after-school programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will support programs for five years.

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New Orleans has highest percentage of private school students

New Orleans has the highest percentage of students attending private schools of any metro area in the country. A new study from the website Trulia, reported by CityLab and Time.com, found that 25.1 percent of students in the New Orleans metro area attend private school, ranking it first above Honolulu and San Francisco.

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Vermont to allow students to play for non-school teams

High school student-athletes can also compete and practice with an out-of-school team, the Vermont Principals' Association ruled, a policy change in response to last fall's debated topic that involved a local soccer club.

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Immigrant childrent to be classified as 'homeless'

More than 2,850 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been placed with sponsors in Virginia. Under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless” to avoid school enrollment documentation requirements.

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District in California delays adopting controversial health book

The use of a health textbook some deemed inappropriate for freshmen students has been delayed, giving the Fremont Unified district time to consult the book's publisher over its chapters on sexual education.

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Florida charter school leaves parents searching for spots

Dozens of Pinellas families are scrambling to find schools for their children after a St. Petersburg charter school abruptly held a new lottery for admission just four days before the first day of school.

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South Carolina education board to consider conduct grades

South Carolina Board of Education members are weighing whether grades for students’ conduct should be included on report cards. A proposal would require all districts to give students a letter grade for their effort, punctuality and neatness.

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California district looking for school consultant for unaccompanied immigrant students

Oakland USD is hiring an unaccompanied minors consultant to work with the unprecedented number of immigrant children arriving from Central America in the past year. The support services consultant will help unaccompanied immigrant students find legal help and counseling, health and educational services.

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