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Schools wait to see what becomes of No Child Left Behind law

A rewrite of the law could collapse in partisan disarray as in past years. But it could also herald a new era of education, keeping some testing but eliminating prescriptive punishments for schools. At the same time, it could allow some states to lower their academic standards, and others to reduce the amount of federal money flowing to schools that serve the poorest children.

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Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

School officials say the shortage worsened as the unemployment rate improved, and job seekers who might have settled for a part-time job such as substitute teaching are now insisting on full-time positions with better pay and benefits.

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New Oregon test won't count on school report cards, teacher evaluations

Results from the new Smarter Balanced Assessment standardized test for Oregon students will not be used this year in compiling school report cards or teacher evaluations under a bill that has cleared the Oregon House.

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Seattle parents renew calls for school recess changes

A group of parents went before the Seattle Public School Board of Directors about the lack of action on school lunch and recess time. Since the beginning of the school year, parents and a collection of students have complained both times routinely fall well short of district guidelines of 20 minutes.

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Michigan Senate OKs bill allowing sweets at school bake sales

Brownies and doughnuts could be back in school bake sales under a measure the state Senate approved that would let districts raise money by holding events currently banned since they don't meet federal nutrition guidelines.

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Mayor defends efforts to help struggling New York City schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s efforts to fix New York City’s troubled schools, describing those efforts as a cross between a war and a policing operation. The mayor's newly aggressive language comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is pushing an alternative vision for dealing with the city’s struggling schools that clashes with the mayor’s and chancellor’s philosophy.

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Huge repair backlog for Maryland suburbs' school HVAC systems

There is a nearly $1 billion backlog of heating system repairs or replacements in the public school systems in the Maryland suburbs, according to a news investigation. School building records in the counties of Montgomery, Prince George, Howard and Frederick show hundreds of school HVAC systems are in need of replacement in the coming years.

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Trenton school board to consider eliminating 226 positions

The New Jersey city's school board will vote to approve a budget proposal for next school year that calls for the elimination of more than 220 positions to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.

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Iowa House OKs collective bargaining changes for school employees

A measure was approved by the Iowa House that would change the collective bargaining process for teachers and other school employees. Currently, arbitrators assigned to disputes between the teachers union and the state over wages, benefits or other contractual matters must choose from the two offers. The new provision would allow arbitrators to choose a compromise point between the offers.

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Florida House votes to scale back testing in schools

The proposed bill would eliminate an 11th-grade English test and a requirement that local school districts create tests in every subject not covered by the new Florida Standards Assessment. It also allows the school year to begin as early as August 10.

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