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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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Brooklyn school cutting gifted program to boost diversity

A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity. Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.

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Hard line taken against students in high school cheating scandal

Although no charges have been filed against the students and a tutor involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, a search warrant indicates police were looking at possible felony counts.

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California regulator seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps

A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.

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Vermont education tax rate rising, despite less students

Lawmakers are expected to increase the base education tax rate by 7 cents, from 94 cents to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed property value. While the total number of pupils in Vermont continues to decline, statewide education spending is projected to increase by 3.8 percent, or about $46.5 million, in the 2015 fiscal year.

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