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South Carolina could cut high school graduation exit exam

S.C high school students would no longer have to pass an exit exam to graduate if a state House bill becomes law – welcome news for the thousands of students who struggle year after year to pass both the test’s math and English sections.

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Lawsuit threatened over teacher-led prayer meetings

The American Humanist Association threatened to sue Missouri’s Fayette School District and several school officials on Wednesday for their alleged roles in holding morning religious ceremonies with students on school grounds every week for at least the last year.

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Chicago lawuits say school closings unfair, discriminate against blacks

The Chicago Teachers Union's decision to go to court to try to stop the city from closing 53 elementary schools, while not unexpected, makes clear that the Board of Education's vote on the proposal next week will not put an end to the controversy.

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Wake County, N.C. boards continue pursuit of $810M school bond

Wake County commissioners and board of education members appear to be moving closer to asking voters to approve an $810 million school bond that would allow for the construction of 16 new schools in the next 10 years.

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Texas charter school bill would put end to nepotism

State officials opened a financial investigation into Children First Academy of Dallas. Records show that school leaders have hired multiple family members, some of them with six-figure salaries.

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‘Hit List’ and Racist Graffiti Stun California High School

A reward was being offered as the investigation continued Thursday into racist graffiti targeting African-American students at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif.

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'Nobody wants to be the cupcake police' in Hillsborough (N.J.) schools

Dicenzo said she recently received an email from the district's nursing supervisor, reminding teachers about food items allowed during the school day. 

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Updated graduation requirements on Colo. board of education agenda

An advisory council has been crafting minimum standards in four core subjects that would be required to graduate from Colorado high schools — baselines that could be achieved through a variety of standardized test scores or other means.

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Conn. Gov. tells Hartford parents he's still fighting for education reform

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed Connecticut's education reform bill into law a year ago, the Vine Street school was called the Milner Core Knowledge Academy. Malloy had often identified Milner as the kind of chronically failing school he wanted to transform.

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Education reform's next big thing: Common Core standards ramp up

What's going on at this school in Loveland, Colo., as well as across the United States, is a key step in a long-running shift to national standards. These Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, have the potential to drastically change curriculum in elementary, middle, and high schools around the country.

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