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Florida charter school leaves parents searching for spots

Dozens of Pinellas families are scrambling to find schools for their children after a St. Petersburg charter school abruptly held a new lottery for admission just four days before the first day of school.

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South Carolina education board to consider conduct grades

South Carolina Board of Education members are weighing whether grades for students’ conduct should be included on report cards. A proposal would require all districts to give students a letter grade for their effort, punctuality and neatness.

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California district looking for school consultant for unaccompanied immigrant students

Oakland USD is hiring an unaccompanied minors consultant to work with the unprecedented number of immigrant children arriving from Central America in the past year. The support services consultant will help unaccompanied immigrant students find legal help and counseling, health and educational services.

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20 Ohio schools see ratings drop after data fixed

The state will lower the report card ratings for 20 Columbus schools that it found had cheated their way to better grades by omitting children who were often absent or had poor test scores. The Ohio Department of Education is issuing changes to three years’ worth of recalculated Columbus City Schools report cards. Now, the department is left to decide whether educators who manipulated student data should be punished.

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Oklahoma district sees major jump in enrollment, staff trying to keep up

Teachers in Mustang are getting ready to welcome a lot more students back to school. The Mustang School District’s enrollment has risen 10 percent since last year with kindergarten through the third grade seeing the most explosive growth.

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Utah schools have dozens of openings before school starts

Some Utah school districts are struggling to fill all their teaching positions with just days before the new school year begins. The Salt Lake City School District has about double the number of openings it would normally have at this time of year.

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Central American wave of unaccompanied children tests schools

Public schools are returning from summer break to face a challenge: integrating and paying for the influx of children who have streamed across the Mexican border this year. Because the children generally lack English skills, have often received limited schooling and may have suffered emotional trauma, they present schools with a host of needs that could strain resources.

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School violence and gun-related injuries rank among top concerns

U.S. lawmakers may have moved on from the gun control debate that ensued after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, but a new poll found that adults still rank school violence and gun-related injuries among their top concerns for children.

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Charter school policy meant to promote transparency

Charter schools in Nashville will soon be expected to make their financial documents — including a disclosure of private funds — available for the city to publish online as part of a new set of measures aimed at fiscal transparency.

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L.A. Unified students return to school with more teachers on the job

More than 650,000 Los Angeles Unified students went back to school, supported by the largest funding boost in seven years for nearly 1,600 new teachers, counselors, nurses, library aides and principals.

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