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Ohio to replace time-consuming PARCC tests in schools

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

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Connecticut to appoint CEO to oversee school district's operations

The state Department of Education has decided to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee day-to-day operations of Winchester's schools for at least the next two years because they suffered from "egregious lack of fiscal oversight."

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At majority-minority schools, Confederate names remain

Across the nation, there has been greater scrutiny of Confederate symbols and tributes with 28 public schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders. Many of those school names are decades old. But many of those schools’ populations represent the new Texas – with nonwhites making up more than half of their students.

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Philadelphia controller again finds problems in city’s school buildings

In his most recent inspection of city school buildings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz once again found unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Visits to 20 schools turned up water leaks, missing fire extinguishers, mold, unsanitary bathrooms and more.

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Chicago mayor calls school cuts 'untenable' and proposes property tax increase

A hefty payment to the pension fund for Chicago Public School teachers is forcing changes that will include curtailing elementary school sports and 5,300 coaching stipends and cutting network offices and teacher development programs. The district's property tax levy could also go up about $200 million.

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New York City launches school-support centers

Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s redesigned system for supporting and overseeing schools entered a new phase with the official launch of seven new help centers where schools will turn for guidance on everything from budgeting to teacher training.

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Oregon Senate advances bill publishing school's vaccination rates

The legislators approved a measure requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease. The The Oregon Health Authority currently publishes the state's vaccination rates, but it doesn't break out the immunizations by disease.

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Chicago makes massive teachers pension fund payment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Chicago Public Schools to meet Tuesday's deadline for a $634 million contribution to Chicago's teachers retirement fund but warned making the state-mandated payment would lead the cash-strapped district to make classroom cuts ahead of the new school year.

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N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school board

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

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Indiana predicts significant drop in test scores and school's letter grades

The Indiana Department of Education wants to ease up on schools' A to F accountability grades because of a predicted 20-30 percent drop in ISTEP scores — based on other states that implemented similar test changes to comply with federal standards.

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