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Syracuse school district transfers teachers, gets struggling schools ready for September

The district worked deep into the summer to fill the openings in its struggling Innovation Zone schools. Because of their low test scores, the seven "iZone" schools were required by the state and federal governments to come up with plans to turn themselves around.

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Report: 75% of Detroit Schools don’t provide adequate education

Excellent Schools Detroit — a coalition of leaders in many different areas, ranging from education, philanthropic and community groups — releases a yearly scorecard to help parents make sense of the city’s school system and find the best fit for their child.

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A $147 Million signal of faith in Atlanta’s Public Schools

The school cost about $147 million. That is small change compared with the Robert F. Kennedy high school complex in Los Angeles, built in 2010 for $578 million — a figure critics liked to point out was more expensive than Beijing’s Olympic stadium.

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More schools use cellphones as learning tools

Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cellphones in the classroom, 73% of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February.

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Alaska school district offers prizes in new tactic to boost attendance

Starting this fall, the district is using the promise of big-ticket prizes donated by local businesses as an enticement to students to come to class every day.

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Seattle Public Schools falling behind on special-ed reforms

In April, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction gave the district 18 months to fix its shortcomings or risk losing $11 million a year in federal support.

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It could be a while before churches can sponsor charter schools

A Columbus church seeking to become a charter school sponsor lost another round in court last month.

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Tax dollars for private school tuition gain in states

The Alabama Legislature's last-minute move to create a $3,500 state tax credit for private school tuition is emblematic of a growing movement in the states.

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Indiana's online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

Leaders of Indiana's two largest online charter schools say low student test scores don't tell the whole picture of how the schools are performing.

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Sioux City schools looking for more diversity in teaching ranks

The Sioux City school district is among many in the state struggling to diversify its workforce, especially as Iowa’s demographics continue to shift.

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