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2 Utah charter schools closing within days of starting dates

Two charter schools will close permanently after the Utah State Charter School Board proposed last week to terminate the schools, which were put on probation early this year for budget, enrollment and academic problems.

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Michigan schools borrowing money to survive summer

With cash reserves drained, Lansing-area school districts spent more than $350,000 in interest and fees on loans to make payroll and pay bills this summer.

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New York schools with many students who skipped tests won’t lose money

School districts will not be penalized for having large numbers of students refuse to sit for the New York State standardized tests this year, education officials said on Thursday, ending months of uncertainty over how they would respond to a growing antitesting movement.

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Should students learn coding? Students, schools disagree, poll finds

A new Gallup study commissioned by Google spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools. While 90 percent of parents see computer science as a good use of school resources, fewer than 8 percent of administrators believe parent demand is high.

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Thousands of Boston students still wait-listed

Just three weeks until school starts and more than 8,000 students in the Boston Public Schools still don't know where they are going to class. Superintendent Tommy Chang said district employees are working by hand to assign students to schools after a glitch with the new software system.

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How smarter school architecture can help kids eat healthier food

Some schools are adding another tool to the fight for fitter kids: Architecture. Beyond healthy eating interventions in kitchen and dining spaces, a Virginia school was also designed to keep kids more active, with features like inviting stairways, walking paths, and furniture that flexes as students sit, so they aren't completely still.

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More kids to get free school breakfast under law, but some districts feel financial squeeze

This fall, more than 100 additional low-income schools will be required to provide free breakfast to all students during school hours under Colorado's "Breakfast After the Bell" law. Some administrators say the new eligibility threshold means they'll lose money on the program and be forced to compensate by taking money from classrooms.

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New debate over California school reserve cap

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers reconvene over the next month. School finance leaders and education officials have launched a last-ditch effort in recent days to persuade the Legislature to lift new limits on so-called “rainy day funds.”

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Arizona educators back legal marijuana for school funding

A proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

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State to pay for Oklahoma juniors to take ACT

The state Education Department will pick up the $1.5 million tab for every public high school junior in Oklahoma to take the ACT college-preparatory test this spring. The pilot program will give the opportunity to take the test to as many 22,000 juniors who otherwise might not have taken the ACT.

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