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Federal sequestration will cost Ohio schools $66 million, state says

Federal budget cuts known as the sequester will cost Ohio's school districts about $66 million in federal aid for the 2013-14 school year, the Ohio Department of Education announced Monday.

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Broward (Fla.) Schools superintendent's 7-period high school schedule ruled violation

Broward’s school district has made great strides in complying with state class-size requirements, but one of the techniques it used — forcing high schools to adopt a uniform, seven-period class schedule — violated its teachers union contract, an arbitrator has found.

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Scrimp on school-bus safety to save Columbus schools $6M?

The largest potential savings to Columbus City Schools’ transportation operation — getting someone else to pay for busing charter-school students — was dropped from a final report discussed Monday by a subcommittee of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s education commission.

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Chicago Public Schools hires help to make transition to new schools

A city-wide effort to help transition closed Chicago Public Schools to new "welcoming schools" began Monday.

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10 percent of Rhode Island schools ranked low-performing

One in ten Rhode Island schools are being targeted for intense interventions aimed at increasing student achievement levels over the next several years, according to data released Tuesday by the R.I. Department of Education.

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Detroit Public Schools to add 46 pre-K classrooms

Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday launched a universal pre-kindergarten initiative that will add 46 pre-K classrooms across the city, expanding early childhood offerings to eligible students.

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Arizona districts convert schools to charters for more money

Amid run-of-the-mill agenda items recognizing volunteers and approving playground renovations, the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board last month quietly made a significant change: It converted one-third of its elementary schools to charter schools.

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D.C. Public Schools creates 9th grade academies at nine schools

D.C. Public Schools creating a new ninth-grade “academy” for first-time incoming 9th graders at nine schools that’s intended to help the students graduate.

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New law requires Illinois schools to hold shooting safety drills

Local school districts will now be required to conduct safety drills to prepare for a possible shooting under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday.

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At retooled summer schools, creativity, not just catch-up

Despite continuing budgetary challenges, districts are re-envisioning summer school as something more than a compulsory exercise where students who need to make up lost credits fight to stay awake inside humid classrooms.

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