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State delays vote on capping special ed student class limit

Facing an “unprecedented” public reaction, the Illinois State Board of Education put off a vote Thursday repealing state rules that limit the number of special education students in classrooms.

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N.C. gov. still pushing his education innovation fund

Earlier this summer, McCrory announced his intention to use $30 million of Race to the Top money for an Education Innovation Fund that would reward 1,000 top teachers with $10,000 stipends. The proposal was met with criticism by State Board of Education members at a meeting shortly after his announcement.

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South Carolina group wants to stop Common Core

Some Horry County residents who want to repeal the state’s adoption of new standards for South Carolina schools have organized a group to educate people about the Common Core initiative and stop the changes that already have begun.

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Flex program lets students pick when they go to school

A new flex program at East Valley Academy allows students to select the days and hours that they attend school, including Saturdays and evening hours. Students must attend a minimum of 20 hours a week, but there is no limit to the amount of time they can spend taking classes.

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Payne bill would require school emergency preparedness plans

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th District) introduced a bill that would require states seeking federal Homeland Security grants to mandate school emergency preparedness plans that meet federal guidelines.

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Baltimore school for autism seen as new era of learning, cooperation

West of Baltimore, in Ellicott City, a new school for autistic children has opened its doors. The $7 million facility expands the capabilities of what the center can offer special-needs children.

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New Pa. school grading system is coming

Effective Sept. 30, Pennsylvania schools will no longer be judged by adequate yearly progress, but instead will be judged by their new School Performance Profiles. On this new measure, state test results in science and writing are as important as reading and math. Under the old system, science and writing scores were released but did not count toward adequate yearly progress.

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Pasadena’s chronically absent students to get visit from school officials

As part of the “I’m In” campaign, volunteers and staff for the PUSD planned to go door-to-door Wednesday to visit students from all grade levels to find out whether they left the district and enrolled at another school or if they have family, social, or economic issues preventing them from attending school.

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Oklahoma lawmaker petitions for school tornado shelters

An Oklahoma lawmaker began a petition drive to put on the ballot a measure allowing the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance storm shelters in schools, after a devastating tornado in May killed seven children at a school.

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Vermont hires new secretary of education

Rebecca Holcombe, head of Dartmouth College’s teacher training program, will replace Armando Vilaseca as Vermont’s next secretary of education, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced. She is the first new secretary of education to be appointed since legislation in 2012 changed the department’s organization.

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