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Texas education agency: 84% of schools met standard

New accountability system uses test scores, graduation rates and college admission exams to calculate indexes for student achievement, student progress, student readiness for college or work and how well a school is helping disadvantaged children.

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Miami-Dade Superintendent Carvalho opens school year with digital focus

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho lauded student achievement while criticizing the state for its "dysfunctional" A-to-F school grading system during opening of schools address.

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Buffalo schools, at most, will accommodate 20 percent of requests for transfers

At most, only one of every five students asking to be transferred out of their low-performing Buffalo schools will be granted their request this coming school year, according to a new plan released today by Buffalo Public Schools.

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15 Sacramento-area schools flagged for possible state test cheating

California education officials have flagged 242 schools statewide, including 15 in the Sacramento area, for possible cheating concerns because their students shared test-related photos on social media.

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Money woes could delay opening of Philadelphia schools

Facing a still-massive deficit, the Philadelphia School District will not open on time unless it has assurance by Aug. 16 that it will receive $50 million from the city, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. says.

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Researchers get OK to exhume bodies at defunct Florida reform school

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of his cabinet have approved a permit allowing researchers to exhume bodies buried at a defunct reform school for boys. The permit allows University of South Florida researchers to begin digging at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, a small town located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle.

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A $147M show of faith in Atlanta’s public schools

North Atlanta High School, notable for both its beauty and its cost—$147 million compared to $38.5 million, the median cost of a new high school in the Deep South—opens this week in a district still recovering from a cheating scandal.

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Illinois high school to snip students' hair to test for alcohol use

Starting this fall, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. plans to randomly snip students' hair throughout the coming school year so it can be tested to see if the kids have been drinking booze. The school has been conducting random drug tests since 2007.

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Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

Beth Gratta has heard the whispers, read the venomous online comments and watched with dismay as some of her friends and neighbors publicly condemned a plan to bus 475 students from a distressed urban school district nearly 30 miles away to her children's better-performing suburban schools.

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Arkansas school district will arm teachers, defying AG

An Arkansas school district that was advised against arming its staff by the state attorney general has decided to let teachers carry guns anyway.

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