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More schools use cellphones as learning tools

Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cellphones in the classroom, 73% of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February.

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Alaska school district offers prizes in new tactic to boost attendance

Starting this fall, the district is using the promise of big-ticket prizes donated by local businesses as an enticement to students to come to class every day.

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Seattle Public Schools falling behind on special-ed reforms

In April, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction gave the district 18 months to fix its shortcomings or risk losing $11 million a year in federal support.

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It could be a while before churches can sponsor charter schools

A Columbus church seeking to become a charter school sponsor lost another round in court last month.

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Tax dollars for private school tuition gain in states

The Alabama Legislature's last-minute move to create a $3,500 state tax credit for private school tuition is emblematic of a growing movement in the states.

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Indiana's online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

Leaders of Indiana's two largest online charter schools say low student test scores don't tell the whole picture of how the schools are performing.

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Sioux City schools looking for more diversity in teaching ranks

The Sioux City school district is among many in the state struggling to diversify its workforce, especially as Iowa’s demographics continue to shift.

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Michigan governor declares financial emergency in district with $38M deficit

The declaration will set in motion a process that could end with drastic options that include bankruptcy or an emergency manager.

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Boston’s schools a major issue for mayoral hopefuls

In the race to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino, proposals to overhaul the Boston public schools abound, making education one of the most talked-about issues thus far.

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Illinois schools to carry catastrophic insurance for athletes

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that aims to 'provide comfort to sports families across Illinois' by requiring schools to have insurance to cover serious injuries to student athletes – and avoid lawsuits.

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