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Future 'failing-schools' lists could exclude improving schools, Ala. board member says

State school board member Mary Scott Hunter said today she regrets that the state's new list of so-called "failing schools" identified under the Alabama Accountability Act includes those that have made significant improvement in recent years.

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Ariz. district asks for public input on curriculum after controversial cancellation of previous program

The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.

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After years of cuts, states investing in early education again

State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color.

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U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world's most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe.

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Ypsilanti (Mich.) schools to pursue college scholarship program

Could two years of free tuition to community college be guaranteed to graduating students of the new Ypsilanti Community Schools district? A group of school and community leaders are trying to make it happen.

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New Jersey district proposes random drug, alcohol tests

A New Jersey school district is proposing random alcohol and drug testing for thousands of high school students who could lose school privileges and be forced to undergo counseling if they test positive.

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Parents, community members to have new responsibility for Oakland (Calif.) schools

Oakland residents, particularly parents of students in Oakland public schools and elected board of education officials, will have a lot more responsibility about the education being delivered in Oakland schools starting this September than they have for the past three decades.

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Chicago public school property taxes going up

Property taxes for Chicago Public Schools will rise on bills that come out next week, but the rates paid by city homeowners still will be lower than in all but a few suburbs, new data obtained by the Tribune show.

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Nearly $175 million in bonds sold to help North Alabama schools affected by BRAC

School districts in North Alabama can move forward with plans to renovate and rebuild schools affected by BRAC.

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A N.J. district board votes to place full-time police officer in schools

Two weeks after a contentious public meeting forced it to postpone a decision, the Westfield Board of Education voted tonight to reinstate a police officer to work full-time in the town schools.

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