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New incentive program increasing attendance in Alaska

The first year of an Anchorage district's perfect attendance incentive program is almost over. Compared to last school year, first quarter absences dropped 21 percent. Over 12,000 elementary students and more than 400 high school students are still eligible for the Disneyland vacation and free car prizes.

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High school students to run national film festival

Loyola High School in Los Angeles will showcase the work of young filmmakers from across the country via a student-run film festival to be held May 17. Open to all U.S. high school students, the Loyola Film Festival will feature three categories: narrative short, documentary short and action sports.

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Enforcing a dress code for parents in Florida

A Florida high school wants to set a dress code for parents. It’s highly unlikely that the dress code for parents could be enforced, but a Broward County School Board member would like the situation to be addressed by principals.

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In N.C. county, 600 teachers have quit this school year

Wake County officials said 600 teachers have quit since the school year began, a 41 percent increase over the same number who had resigned as of this time last year. The county has the largest school system in the state, employing nearly 9,000 teachers.

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N.J. school construction agency announces $500 million for 1,600 projects

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.

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N.Y. district to reduce positions with decreasing enrollment numbers

Guilderland Central's district, again faced with reduced aid and a state-set levy limit, continues to make cuts in its proposed $92.1 million budget. Next year’s spending plan would eliminate roughly 35 jobs. A number of the reductions are driven by an expected drop in enrollment next year, continuing a downward trend.

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San Antonio to open second early college high school

The San Antonio ISD plans to open its second early college high school this year after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Alamo Colleges to open the new school in August on the St. Philip’s College campus. The students will be housed at the college while taking both high school and college courses.

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New mascots for four Texas schools after policy change

Houston ISD unveiled four new school mascots after the school board changed district policy on school symbols to become more culturally sensitive. The cost for new uniforms and changing over symbols in gyms, hallways, marquees and signs could top $250,000.

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Panic buttons in North Carolina schools to add more security

The N.C. General Assembly mandated during the 2013 session that every public school must have a panic alarm system installed by July 2015.

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Trenton school officials weigh pros, cons of more charter schools

Just as the city’s school board closed a $10.5 million budget gap last month by cutting administrative staff — a gap that some board members blamed in part on charter schools — two more charter applicants submitted proposals to enter the district in 2015.

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