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Florida lawmakers to consider banning biometrics in schools

State lawmakers will take up a proposal today that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information, including the characteristics of fingerprints, hands, eyes and the voice.

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Washington state’s first charter school to open next fall in Seattle

Seattle will be home to the first charter school to open in Washington — a privately funded elementary school for homeless children that will become a publicly funded K-5 charter school next fall.

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Cafeteria manager placed on leave after Utah school lunch seizures

A cafeteria manager has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Salt Lake City School District investigates the seizure of school lunches from up to 40 young students with unpaid meal tabs.

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Funds meant for N.Y.C. charters may be diverted to pre-K

New York City’s schools chancellor intends to shift $210 million away from charter schools to help pay for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s expansion of prekindergarten programs.

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L.A. Unified gets reduction on iPads price

The cost of the tablets that will be used on new state tests will be about $200 less per device, although the computers won't include curriculum. The revised price will be $504, compared to $699 for the iPads with curriculum.

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Idaho $14.5 million short on bill for broadband for schools

Millions have already been spent setting up the Idaho Education Network, but if lawmakers don’t find state funds to cover the shortfall, the network serving all of Idaho’s high schools “will be shut down," state official warns.

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Democrats unveil proposals for more money for Pennsylvania schools

Democrats from Philadelphia's state Senate delegation have unveiled a plan to provide $300 million more for education across the state. Senators say increased aid would not require any broad-based tax increases.

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Texas overhauls high school graduation requirements

The sweeping changes are meant to maintain rigorous standards that prepare some students for college while allowing others not interested in higher education to acquire career or technical skills necessary for employment after graduation.

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F.C.C. says it will double spending on high-speed internet in schools and libraries

Financing for the new spending will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program. The proportion that goes to broadband service in schools and libraries will increase to $2 billion a year from $1 billion.

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San Jose district wins Gates Foundation grant

Departing from traditional hostility between school districts and charter operators, the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose, Calif., will partner with charter schools to share campuses and training with the goal of vastly improve education for poor and English-learning children. The partnership was named 1 of 5 in the United States awarded a $100,000 start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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