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Louisiana study highlights importance of early childhood education

As Louisiana begins to make early childhood education a priority, a new study stresses the importance of high-quality preschool programs and health-care coverage for a child's future success.

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City Council, BoE seek end to revenue strain on Pittsburgh schools

In 2004, as part of a raft of legislation to rescue Pittsburgh from near bankruptcy, the state legislature transferred a portion of a tax levied by the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education to the city. At the time, the school district seemed to be on firm financial footing with a healthy reserve fund of around $90 million. The city, on the other hand, was sinking into financial distress and facing a $77 million hole in its budget. But now the financial portrait of both bodies has changed—even reversed, some say.

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In Florida, agreement to reduce student arrests

One of the nation's largest school districts, law enforcement and the NAACP have reached a deal aimed at arresting fewer students for minor offenses and cutting down the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, which the civil rights group and others say disproportionately affects minority students.

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Colorado is asking taxpayers for $1 billion to help schools

In one poor school district in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, students take classes in a bus garage, using plastic sheeting to keep the diesel fumes at bay. In another, there is no more money to tutor young immigrants struggling to read. And just south of Denver, a district where one in four kindergartners is homeless has cut 10 staff positions and is bracing for another cull.

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Minority student population in Illinois surpassing white students

With Illinois public schools on the cusp of becoming a "majority minority," suburban districts that were once overwhelmingly white are adjusting to their rising Latino enrollment with changes in curriculum and culture.

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Greenville County Schools in South Carolina on track for re-accreditation

A national team of education experts gave its stamp of approval for re-accreditation of the Greenville County school district and all of its schools last week, praising the district for its use of a set of principles that guides everything that goes on in schools, and recommending that it reach out more to families and students who feel left out.

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Rural Colorado school allowing teachers to carry handguns

Briggsdale School, which educates students from preschool to 12th grade, is about a 20-minute drive from the nearest police station, administrators say. And that's a problem if a shooter were to target the school.

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Illinois issues school report cards

The Sun-Times analysis of results from tests taken this past spring shows Chicago, with 84.9 percent of its students from low-income households, once again claimed some of the best and many of the worst-scoring schools in the state.

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Massachusetts to take over 4 struggling schools, including 2 in Boston

Alarmed by chronically low MCAS scores, Massachusetts education officials announced Wednesday they will take over four schools, including two in Boston, in an attempt to rejuvenate academic programs and put students on a path to success.

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Two Long Island schools to close due to declining enrollment

Two of Half Hollow Hills' seven elementary schools, in Melville, N.Y., will close at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment districtwide—a cost-cutting move that drew both anger and sadness from parents.

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