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Connnecticut charter school group gears up to lower suspension rate

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.

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Referendum sought on school debt limit in Arizona

Wesley Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said lawmakers are not living up to their constitutional obligation to provide adequate funds for construction of new schools and making repairs on existing ones. Rather than come up with the cash, Harris said legislators have decided to dump the obligation onto local taxpayers.

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North Bennington (Vt.) school goes independent

Residents of North Bennington, Vt. voted three times to close their public school and establish a new, independent academy, North Bennington Village School, in the old school building. That school is taking shape and plans to open in the fall.

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Cleveland school district plans staff changes, training

The Cleveland school district's improvement plan for 13 schools this upcoming school year will bring major changes for some and smaller, but substantial, ones for others. Teachers will receive special training at all 13 schools, some of which will get new principals and see significant staff changes.

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Some schools must scramble to feed low-income kids during summer

Some meal programs in Los Angeles have remained unfunded even as others are restored. It has meant forming partnerships with other entities to get area children fed.

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Central NY superintendents' salaries, benefits up 16 percent

The salaries and benefits paid to 66 Central New York school superintendents rose 16 percent over five years ago, according to compensation figures the districts reported to the state. Combined, they will make more than $12.8 million in salary and benefits in the next school year.

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L.A. Christian school was to host students on flight

Thirty-five Chinese students aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, including two teen girls who died in the crash in San Francisco on Saturday, were headed for a summer program at a Christian school in Los Angeles.

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World languages program in some Texas schools offers much more than basic Spanish

When school starts in August, students from middle-school age and up in the Grapevine-Colleyville district will be able to choose Chinese I as a credited language class, along with Spanish, French, German, Latin and American Sign language.

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Report: America's schools have actually gotten safer over the past 20 years

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) school safety report on incidents involving kids age 5 to 18 shows crime went up slightly in 2011, but that it's been steadily declining since 1992.

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Federal sequestration will cost Ohio schools $66 million, state says

Federal budget cuts known as the sequester will cost Ohio's school districts about $66 million in federal aid for the 2013-14 school year, the Ohio Department of Education announced Monday.

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