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Making pre-K teachers better through coaching

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

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Chicago mayor's commission unveils plan for a safer Chicago

The city of Chicago released a report with 28 recommendations to address the city's youth violence problem. The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

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New York regents refuse to approve city’s latest charter school renewals

The city’s charter-school oversight came under harsh scrutiny after it submitted school renewal recommendations that state education officials said were too lenient. New York City officials had recommended allowing seven of its charter schools to stay open. The city’s own reports showed that five of the seven have been out of compliance with federal disciplinary laws.

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Anchorage School Board approves resolutions to help charter schools

The Alaska district's board approved two resolutions that aimed at helping charter schools in their challenges acquiring facilities. The Charter School Facility Fund would create a pool of money — drawn from the district’s unassigned fund balance  that charter schools could dip into to help cover building costs.

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Marijuana, cigarette, alcohol use down among high school-aged teens

Alcohol and cigarette use among middle school and high school students is the lowest it's been since at least 1975, while marijuana use and the use of other illicit drugs have also decreased from 2013 to 2014, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Texas state senator files bills to prod lawmakers on school finance

Sen. Kirk Watson, a senior state senator who wants to force a legislative conversation on school finance, filed a spate of bills that would funnel millions more state dollars to public education.

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Children across New York able to enroll, regardless of immigration status

The New York State Board of Regents approved an amended regulation that will allow students to enroll in schools regardless of immigration status. The board adopted a revised regulation that brings more clarity and uniformity to the registration processes of schools across the state.

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Georgia school scores drop in 2014

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Education shows that schools across the state suffered drops in performance. The statewide score for the College and Career Ready Performance Index dropped from 2012-13’s 75.8 to 72 in the 2013-14 school year. The average score for elementary schools dipped from 77.8 to 72.6 and from 74.6 to 73.2 for middle schools.

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Minneapolis fire department gets creative recruiting teens

So many in the ranks of the fire and police departments across Minneapolis' metro area are retiring that it is causing concern. Those retirements are part of the reason why the fire department launched a first-of-its-kind program, recruiting inner-city teens with a class specifically for seniors. It starts in a classroom at Roosevelt High School.

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Recovery School District can't find $7 million in property, audit says

Louisiana's Recovery School District can't locate $7 million in property, including computers and equipment, according to a new audit. The review says the number of missing items has grown significantly since last year.

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