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Virginia governor will not appeal school takeover division ruling

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will not appeal a ruling that deemed the state’s school takeover division unconstitutional. The judge ruled that as the Virginia Constitution vests the authority to establish school divisions in the Board of Education — and not the General Assembly — the Opportunity Educational Institution is not constitutional.

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Gov. Jindal sued over Common Core by Louisiana parents, teachers

Another lawsuit has been filed over Common Core in Louisiana. It's suing Governor Bobby Jindal, and was filed on behalf of parents and teachers who are in favor of the new education standards. Supporters of Common Core said he's overstepping his legal authority and tampering with education policy.

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Schenectady superintendent alleges school-funding discrimination

The superintendent for Schenectady schools wants the federal government to intervene in what he argues is racial discrimination in how New York funds education.

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School performance index to drop two criteria in South Dakota

South Dakota will be allowed to drop the criteria of teacher effectiveness and school climate from the school performance index. The U.S. Department of Education approved those changes as part of the state’s flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Portland schools join national effort to improve school results for minority boys

Portland Public Schools is one of 60 urban districts nationwide that signed on to My Brother's Keeper's mission to improve educational outcomes for black and Latino boys. Participating districts agree to spend more more on early childhood education, reduce disproportionately high school discipline rates for boys of color, provide mentoring and improve black and Latino males' access to college-prep courses.

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Washington loses bid to avoid sending out failing school letters

Washington state won’t get a pass this summer on telling parents that their kids attend failing schools, the federal government says. The U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington’s request to be exempted from that particular requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act since the state lost its waiver from the federal law.

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Florida school district opens first dedicated wellness center

The 5,000 employees of Leon County's school district, one of the larger employers in North Florida, will now have their first wellness center on Lively Technical School's campus. Funds for the building and equipment came from the stored Florida Blue dollars in order to save taxpayer money.

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New Calif. law restricts full-contact football practice for high school teams

A newly signed law in California will prohibit football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes a day, limit the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per week and prohibit contact practices during the off-season. The restrictions, which take effect January 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.

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My Brother’s Keeper initiative gets over $100 million boost

Six months since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper — the president’s effort to address the state of young minority men — Obama announced new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million, including many high school outreach programs.

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Massachusetts district has spent more than $1 million on security

The city of Springfield has allocated well over $1 million for security maintenance and further enhancements recently, including equipping schools with cameras, door buzzers and other security equipment and personnel.

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