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Buffalo School Board backs charter renewals

The Buffalo Board of Education is recommending that the state renew its contracts with Westminster and Enterprise charter schools for another two years, with some board members pushing for even longer extensions.

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ACLU accuses Louisiana school of religious harassment

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school board in Louisiana, alleging officials at one of its schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely pushes Christian beliefs.

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Senators tackle Missouri school transfer law

The Missouri Senate Education Committee is tackling a state school transfer law that requires struggling school systems to pay for children to enroll in nearby higher-performing districts. The transfer law states school districts without state accreditation will cover costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one.

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Pima County launches program to boost foster kids’ education

A program to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care is being launched in Pima County. “No group of students is more in need of educational success than children in foster care,” said Debbie D’Amore, chief deputy for the Pima County school superintendent. That’s where FosterEd, a national initiative that pairs at-risk foster children with “educational champions,” comes in.

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Appropriations bill boosts funding for education as states up funding, too

Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill providing significant relief for education programs hit hard by sequestration cuts. Politico reports that the bill awards education programs a total of $67 billion, which is only slightly less than the $71.2 billion President Obama proposed in his 2014 budget. The president is expected to sign the bill.

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Indiana bill would allow guns in cars at schools

A bill by Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.

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Tennessee education committee chairs carrying for-profit charter bill

Under current law, the privately run publicly funded schools can contract out services, but are banned from hiring for-profit companies to operate or manage the school.

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Report shows Ann Arbor schools community wants more communication, equity solutions

A desire for more communication from Ann Arbor schools leaders with the community at large is one of several overriding major issues Superintendent Jeanice Swift found in the district in her first four months on the job.

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School grades to stay, Florida education chief says

Commissioner Pam Stewart said flatly Tuesday that she is opposed to a request from local schools chiefs that the state suspend the issuance of school grades while grappling with new, controversial learning benchmarks and bringing in new statewide exams to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Citing concerns, Texas Education Agency monitors to visit Dallas ISD’s low-performing schools

The monitors will arrive Monday, Feb. 10, and leave Friday, Feb. 14. They are also visiting other Texas school districts in the coming weeks, said TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson.

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