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Silicon Valley charter nonprofit eyes secondary school

A Silicon Valley-based charter school nonprofit has submitted a petition to run a secondary school within the West Contra Costa school district. Summit Public Schools, which will run six schools in San Jose, Redwood City, Daly City and Sunnyvale this fall, specializes in preparing "traditionally underserved," primarily minority students, to attend college.

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Money flows to Calif. schools, but little goes to summer programs

Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait.

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Proposed amount for Columbus school levy: 9.01 mills

Charter schools and a new preschool program would each get $8.5 million a year in new property taxes under a plan unanimously approved by a citizen panel yesterday.

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Carroll County (Md.) Board of Ed denies charter school application

The Carroll County (Md.) Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to reject an application from Sustainable Futures, Inc. to establish the county’s first charter school.

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Hartford (Conn.) school certified as international baccalaureate school

Global Communications Academy in Hartford, Conn. has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, the only one in the city school system and the eighth elementary program in the state to receive the distinction.

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N.C. school construction bill remains alive despite committee rejection

The House Government Committee on Thursday removed Wake County from legislation that shifted responsibility for construction and upkeep of public schools from local school boards to boards of county commissioners.

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Iris scans are the new school IDs

Kids lose their school IDs but they don't often lose their eyeballs. That's one of the reasons why a growing number of schools are replacing traditional identification cards with iris scanners.

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Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools

The charter school initiative called for school districts to apply to become “authorizers.” If approved, the authorizers would issue requests for proposals to establish specific charter schools or programs. In addition to approved districts, a charter school commission appointed by the state Board of Education acts as an authorizer.

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3D-printed robots teach kids science

UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute has found that only 1% of students are majoring in computer science, and 0.3% of those are women, despite computer science skills being in high demand. Patton believes that robotics can help address that asymmetry by making computing more interesting for girls.

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Board set to decide on Carroll's (Md.) first charter school

Carroll County's first public charter school has been two years in the making and on Wednesday the Board of Education will decide whether to approve the charter's application or follow Superintendent Steve Guthrie's recommendation to deny it.

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