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Illinois governor expands gym class exemption to disabled students

Students with disabilities who play organized sports outside of school will be able to skip gym class under a new state law.

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Charter schools sue Arizona to keep funding

About 200 charter schools are seeking an injunction that would prevent the Arizona Department of Education from recouping more than $5 million in classroom-site funds that state officials say it overpaid the schools.

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Despite promise of extra cash, teachers want out of tough Florida schools

For five schools in Pinellas County facing restructuring for chronic low performance, hiring and keeping good teachers is a never-ending battle.

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Los Angeles plans to give 640,000 students free iPads

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 free iPads this school year under a new $30 million program launched by the district. But that's only the initial phase of the program.

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Closed Michigan district's 2,200 students, buildings reassigned

In a meeting that saw residents vow to fight for justice and educators fight back tears, the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency board voted to reassign the 2,200 students who attended the Inkster public schools district to four nearby districts.

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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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