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School officials say millions in Tenn. state funding at risk, could close schools Oct. 1

School officials said the Oak Ridge system has failed a state maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year. After some budget adjustments, there is a $250,000 shortfall, school officials said, and they want the city to cover it. It’s the equivalent of a 2.5-cent property tax rate increase.

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LA area district paying company to track thousands of students on social media

Glendale Unified School District has hired Geo Listening to monitor about 13,000 middle school and high school students, according to the Glendale News-Press.

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Ark. schools can have armed teachers, state board rules

After initially voting to revoke two districts' licenses classifying them as private security firms, the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies decided to allow the schools to keep them for two more years. The panel had voted to suspend the schools' licenses last month after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said they shouldn't have been issued to the schools.

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Loud voice fighting tide of new trend in education

Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards.

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Calif. schools could lose federal funding over STAR test suspension

Hesitating to fully embrace a nationwide campaign to bolster schools' accountability, California has turned up its nose at federal carrots and now wants a reprieve from Uncle Sam's stick -- an entreaty that has so infuriated the Obama administration that it is threatening to withhold federal money from the state's schools.

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California, feds in showdown over overhaul of schools’ standardized testing plan

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson called Tuesday for the state Senate to overhaul California’s standardized testing system despite the threat that the changes could result in the loss of millions in federal education dollars.

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Utah schools will soon scrap vending machine treats

Officials try to keep students on campus, but some say more-healthful vending machines will drive off even more kids seeking junk-food high.

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Idaho schools chief admits to missteps in education reform plan

Nearly a year after voters trounced Tom Luna’s Students Come First proposals in a referendum, the state schools superintendent acknowledged he did not do enough to make the plan transparent or to involve Idahoans.

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North Carolina could get 170 new charter schools in 2015

State education officials said 170 charter groups met the deadline last Friday to submit letters of intent to be considered for opening in August 2015. Depending on how many meet a Dec. 6 deadline to submit an application, the state’s lineup of 130 charter schools could be in for a huge expansion.

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Philly schools open with fewer counselors and many concerns

Philadelphia schools opened Monday amid the district's well-documented fiscal woes and drastically reduced staffing levels.

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