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Lawmaker: Schools should post vaccination rates online

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites, including immunization rates among students — information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.

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New emergency manager: Detroit Public Schools staff layoffs possible

Just 10 days into his term as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, Darnell Earley said layoffs may be needed to help close a deficit of nearly $170 million. But as he plots how to right the ship, Earley said he doesn't expect any job cuts to include teachers.

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Oregon's school-mascot debate enters its fourth year

Can’t the teams all just be renamed after animals? The issue of Oregon school mascots with Native American or Alaskan Native connections stretched into its fourth year as not all of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon agree on whether schools should be allowed to use their images and names.

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As Denver Public Schools enrollment booms, poverty rate drops

In a sharp reversal from the recent past, the number of Denver Public Schools students from higher-income families is growing faster than the number from lower-income families.

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Arizona schools open halls to electronic billboards, advertising

Digital billboards that resemble jumbo-sized iPods will allow schools to display photos, event announcements and schedules. But that content will share space with ads sold by SkoolLive LLC, which is installing the screens for free.

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Study indicates arts work for challenged schools

Injecting more arts into the school day has resulted in better attendance and behavior, and slightly better math and reading scores for eight struggling schools around the country.

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District of Columbia mayor announces new program to help minority boys

A $20 million initiative to help black and Latino students succeed in the District of Columbia's public schools includes a plan for an all-male college preparatory high school.

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Georgia governor defends decision to cut school staff health funding

Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut health insurance funding for about 11,500 part-time school staffers, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers. He called it an issue of fairness because the state doesn't pay the health care tab for thousands of part-time state employees.

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Houston ISD considers overhaul of school boundaries

Houston school officials may rezone students from nearly two dozen elementary schools over the next few years in an effort to meet the state's class size limits. Students likely would be allowed to stay in their current schools through the highest grade level under a grandfathering plan.

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South Carolina to allow unhealthy food at school fundraisers

South Carolina school fundraisers can sell foods deemed unhealthy by federal standards on school grounds during half of the school days next year. The number of days when those fundraisers will be allowed will drop from 90 in 2015-16 to 60 in the 2016-17 school year and 30 in the 2017-18 school year.

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