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U.S. government sues to block vouchers in some Louisiana school systems

Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes. Under the lawsuit, the state would be barred from assigning students in those systems to private schools unless a federal judge agreed to it. A court hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 19.

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Residents say there are too many schools in a section of West Boynton (Fla.)

The Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA) decided not to support the county's proposed construction of Trails charter school near the intersection of Military Trail and Hypoluxo Road at its recent monthly meeting.

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With new state funding, East Bay (Calif.) schools eye crowded classrooms

Less money forced school districts to cut staff so class sizes grew and individual students got less attention, school officials say. Now with new funding-based incentives coming from Sacramento, districts are budgeting for more teachers, which they hope will bring down class sizes and improve the education of area children.

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Common Core raising the expectations of education

The standards, adopted by the N.H. State Board of Education in 2010, aim to provide a clear and consistent educational framework to prepare children for college and the work force. They define the knowledge and skills students should obtain from their education in grades K-12 in order to succeed in entry-level college courses and work force training programs.

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Orange students take home MacBook Air laptops

The students will use the devices all school year, and middle- and high-schoolers will be able to take them home. Curriculum materials for students' core subjects will be loaded onto the computers, reducing the need for textbooks.

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Ohio releases letter grades for schools

The new report cards include an A to F system and measure different things than the previous system. This year is a transition year for the new report cards, and only some measured components were reported.

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NYC education official promises student test scores will rise

The next mayor can expect city students’ test scores to rise, a top state education official predicted Thursday, while also cautioning they shouldn’t be the sole indicator of whether education reforms are working.

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Michigan launches new color-coded accountability scale

The state's annual report on school accountability has a more colorful look than in past years as Michigan education officials have instituted a new five-color grading system to replace the up-or-down "adequate yearly progress" grade.

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Valley Christian High School introduces drug-sniffing dogs

Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.

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Bulletproof school supplies get low grades from safety experts

Looseleaf binders, No. 2 pencils, rulers—and bulletproof whiteboards? Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. But some security experts say safety-conscious supplies like whiteboards-turned-shields are impractical at best, and a diversion from real life-saving resources at worst.

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