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Missouri schools prepare to accept students from failing St. Louis County districts

After turning away kids for years, school superintendents say they plan to begin accepting transfer requests this summer from the first of what could be hundreds — if not thousands — of students seeking to leave two unaccredited districts in north St. Louis County.

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Washington state superintendent wants schools to avoid half-days

Washington state’s school superintendent says he opposes the expansion of half-days on school calendars and wants lawmakers to act next year to give his office the authority to curb them.

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Alabama Accountability Act: 78 schools listed as failing

The Alabama Department of Education yesterday released the list of 78 "failing" schools where parents will be eligible for a state income tax credit to help send their child to a private school.

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Florida to review tougher school grading formula

For the second year in a row, the Florida Board of Education may tweak the state’s accountability standards on the eve of the release of school grades.

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Four Philadelphia staffers, two parents go on hunger strike for safe schools

Four members of local unions, two of whom have students in Philly public schools, began a hunger strike early yesterday in front of Gov. Corbett's Center City field office.

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U.S. News releases 2013 best high schools for STEM rankings

The rankings evaluate 500 gold medal public schools from the 2013 Best High Schools rankings, using Advanced Placement STEM test data for 2011 graduates as the benchmark. Of those schools, 250 earned a numerical rank for their STEM achievement.

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Chicago Public Schools to lay off hundreds of teachers from closing schools

Chicago Public Schools said that 663 employees at schools the district is closing, including teachers, teaching assistants and bus aides, don't qualify to follow students to their new schools and will be laid off.

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Pittsburgh schools to clarify codes of conduct

Refusing to remove a baseball cap in school or being in the hallway after the late bell rings are not offenses one might expect would land a student in the court system.

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Shrinking enrollment causes problems for suburban Ohio schools

The school year might be finished but there is no end in sight for shrinking enrollments at some once-booming, suburban school systems.

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Delware governor seeks $31 million more for education in budget

Gov. Jack Markell’s proposed budget includes no new education cuts and some new money, garnering some positive vibes from district officials struggling with tight budgets.

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