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Sequester hits Department of Defense-run schools

Although the 200 schools run by the Defense Department plan to make the start of the year as smooth as possible, students will be out of school for five days between the start of classes and Sept. 21 because of employee furloughs.

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Schools watchdog group raps Hoboken (N.J.) pre-K wait list

Dozens of Hoboken parents who registered their 3- and 4-year-olds for pre-kindergarten in the city's public school system were surprised to receive a notice in the mail that said their kids have been placed on a waiting list.

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Chicago Public Schools stands pat on budget cuts despite pressure

Group started by powerful Local School Councils on the North Side has been demanding that CPS reinstate spending for programs like art, music and world language.

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Columbus schools eat $1.75 million loss on student meals

The deficit has the district considering a new federal program that would require it to serve free lunches and breakfasts to every student, regardless of income, to possibly lose less money.

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Florida shool grades drop under new formula

With public skepticism growing about the validity of Florida’s A-to-F grading system, the dominant question has become: Are public schools really failing, or is it the state’s letter-grade system that deserves an F?

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Sports and clubs at Ohio public schools now open to home-schooled and private school students

Ohio students who are home-schooled or who attend a private school will have the right to participate in extracurricular activities – from sports to marching band to the debate club – at their local public schools starting this fall.

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Seattle school board OKs general-fund budget

The Seattle Public Schools budget will go up about 8 percent for the 2013-2014 school year with increases in funding from the state, as well as local education levies.

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Concord (N.H.) administrators to stop mother from praying outside school

The mother who prayed outside Concord (N.H.) High School every school day for several months will not be allowed to continue the practice next school year, according to correspondence between Superintendent Chris Rath and a national advocacy group that complained about her activity.

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Middle school teachers get online training to improve classroom teaching

Twelve middle-school science teachers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties (Calif.) spent three days earlier this week in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside to participate in a national pilot program requiring the use of a rich, web-based environment designed for teachers to reflect on their classroom practice.

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Southern Florida parents pushing for closer arts magnet school

Parents in Palm Beach County (Fla.) are fighting for an arts magnet middle school. Right now, students in elementary school programs there would have to travel an hour each way to West Palm Beach to stay in the program when they reach middle-school age.

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