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Miami-Dade board votes down transportation outsourcing study

Amid protests from hundreds of bus drivers and aides, the Miami-Dade School Board voted down a controversial proposed transportation outsourcing study, citing as their reason that the district already knows its transportation costs—down to $69 million from about $83 million three years ago—are less than Duval County’s privatized services.

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New Pa. school tests find results similar to old tests

With the release of the School Performance Profiles nearly two weeks ago, the state has a new accountability system, but it appears the same schools are as the top of the rankings and the same schools are at the bottom as under the old system.

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Gov. Tom Corbett to release $45 million to Philly schools

Just weeks after the death of a Philadelphia schoolgirl and amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District.

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Upper West Side elementary school bans Rainbow Loom bracelets

An Upper West Side elementary school banned the popular Rainbow Loom friendship bracelets from the premises because the principal says children are getting distracted in class and fighting over them on the playground.

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Queens school that went vegetarian shows student gains

Their school swapped sloppy joes and fried chicken for organic roasted tofu and braised black beans, and these kids aren’t complaining. Students at the top-rated Public School 244, in Flushing, have longer attention spans and better academic scores since the school went vegetarian.

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Appeals court considers Calif. school's Cinco de Mayo American flag ban

Racial tensions and gang problems were plaguing a Northern California high school when three students arrived for classes in 2010 wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

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LA schools leader wants to slow iPad rollout

Under a revised plan, all 650,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District would have iPads to use by the end of 2015 rather than the original target date of 2014. Principals and certified teachers at all of district campuses would have the extra time to attend orientation programs on the use of the devices.

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Arizona school district expands popular toddler program

The program is designed for families to join their toddlers as they interact with other children age 5 and younger. It can be as beneficial for parents as well as their children, as Flocken learned.

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Core Standards, lack of aid strain Pennsylvania schools

Now, it seems, the state is giving the green light not only to the standards but also to related exams that students will have to pass to graduate from high school. But it is not providing additional funding to implement the mandates, and educators in Philadelphia and other cash-strapped districts say their students are being set up for failure.

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Lawmakers consider taxing Utah’s larger families more for schools

A family of four would pay about $400 more each year, she said. Since most families get tax refunds, those would typically be smaller.

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