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DeKalb (Ga.) Schools Face Key Hearing

DeKalb County school board members are preparing for a key hearing that could determine whether Georgia's governor makes sweeping changes in the school system's leadership.

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New Standards Mean Fewer Passing Test Scores In Ill. Schools

Some Downers Grove elementary school students could see a significant dip in their performance on standardized tests this year, a byproduct of a more difficult state exam and higher passing requirements for 2013.

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School District of Philadelphia Saving Some Schools, Closing Others

The School District of Philadelphia has revised its facilities master plan that would close or merge dozens of city elementary, middle and high schools.

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Schools Chief Wants Review of Knox County (Tenn.) Security

Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre wants the security systems at all of the district’s 88 schools to be reviewed by the end of the summer.

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Colorado District Takes Up Arms While Gun Debate Rages in Denver

A tiny school district in southeast Colorado — too small to afford an armed security guard and too far from the nearest town for deputies to respond quickly to an emergency — is the first to announce that its principal and superintendent will soon carry weapons to school.

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Texas Bill Seeks to Lift Charter School Cap

The head of the Texas Senate Education Committee has filed a bill lifting the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate statewide, and authorizing them to receive public facilities funding. Current state law restricts to 215 the number of charter school licenses. But Sen. Dan Patrick's measure would allow an unlimited number of charters.

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Alaska District Might Cut Drug Testing

A mandatory drug testing program for Juneau's high school students involved in extra-curricular activities might end in an effort to save the district money. Eliminating the three-year-old program is one of a handful of cuts the Juneau School District has proposed to reduce spending by about $1.75 million in 2014.

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Embattled Texas High School Gets New Principal

A new principal will take the reins of a West Texas high school that's mired in a cheating scandal, which landed the superintendent in jail and put the school district on probation.

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Arizona AG, Lawmaker Want to Arm School Employees

School teachers who undergo special training would be allowed to have a gun in a locked area of a school, including their classroom, under a bill being pushed by a Republican lawmaker and Attorney General Tom Horne.

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Michigan School Board to Select New District Superintendent Today

A leader for the new Ypsilanti (Mich.) Community Schools district will be chosen Tuesday, and the Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools will merge effective July 1.

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