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California budget surges to record high with education increases

A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California’s general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state’s days as the nation’s poster child of fiscal dysfunction.

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Number of failing Texas schools nearly doubles

Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

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Knoxville, Tenn. board meeting tackles morale, funding issues

Another busy school board meeting was held in downtown Knoxville recently as teachers, parents and administrators tackled a number of issues that will shape the future of the school district. One topic that came up were the results of the district's recently released teacher surveys, which asked teachers about their feelings on the state of the Knox County School system.

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Los Angeles public library to offer high school diplomas

The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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Florida lawmakers question timeline for new ed standards, state tests

When Pam Stewart became state education commissioner in September, lawmakers said they would give her time to untangle the complicated issues facing the education department. That unspoken grace period came to an end Wednesday, when members of the Senate Education Committee grilled Stewart on the future of Florida’s public schools.

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Cuomo offers education plans, but funding in doubt

In a State of the State address that focused largely on job creation, economic development and tax relief, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also issued a sweeping agenda for education, including support for statewide, full-day prekindergarten programs and a plan to funnel $2 billion to upgrade technology in schools.

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Minnesota district proposes less physical education

The Elk River School District is considering cutting back on physical education in schools so that their 13,000 students can take a wider variety of classes. The school board will soon vote on a plan that would implement new technology and foreign language classes for some grade levels while at the same time lessening some of the hours students spend in physical education and music classes.

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Tempe sex-education meeting stirs up outrage

More than 100 people crowded into a standing-room-only meeting at the Tempe Union High School District office in Arizona to hear a sex-education expert employed by Planned Parenthood discuss curricula being reviewed by a district committee.

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Tempe (Ariz.) sex-education meeting stirs up outrage

Although none of the curricula under consideration was developed by Planned Parenthood, the expert’s connection to the reproductive-health organization riled many parents and community members who filled the room.

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Hemet school district (Calif.) rezoning: Parents upset about moving kids

Several years ago, the Hemet Unified School District re-drew some of its boundaries because of budget cuts, which meant about 100 kids who would have gone to Winchester Elementary, instead went to Harmony Elementary.

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