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Minnesota's school bullying-prevention law overhauled

Minnesota's legislative bodies sent the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law, to the governor for signing.

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Maryland city's school system deficit could trigger considerable layoffs

Baltimore school officials presented a budget scenario that calls for sizeable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

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New school aid formula wins Alabama panel endorsement

A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula passed through a Senate panel, despite objections that the plan has not been sufficiently researched. The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay.

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Emotions high with proposed charter-limiting bills in Illinois

The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.

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Decision nearing on possible merger of Pennsylvania school districts

A proposed merger of two districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township. The merger, which is drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers, would create a regional model to serve approximately 5,000 students.

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Texas to consider adding Mexican American studies as an official elective

The state's board will be considering the addition of Mexican American Studies as an official high school elective. Over 50 percent of the state's public school students are Hispanic. The board is considering a total of 20 new courses this week with several already being developed in response to legislation from the 2013 session.

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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama Accountability Act

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act and said the public school students who filed the suit failed to prove the legislation treats them unequally. The law allows students in failing public schools to transfer to non-failing schools or private schools while their parents get tax credits to cover the cost.

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Chicago charter network has tough discipline policy

Earlier this year, Chicago released statistics showing that charter schools, including those in Noble's privately-run network, expel students at a rate dramatically higher than district-run schools. At Noble, which runs 14 campuses throughout the city, there is a strict discipline code that includes fines for disciplinary infractions.

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Mich. city pursuing flexible scheduling, dual enrollment for tech students

Dual enrollment options at the local community college and flexible scheduling are among the new offerings students at Ann Arbor Public Schools will find this fall. The district will also be moving a student development program into its A2 Tech High School building to offer students in both tracks more options as part of a "Pathways to Success" campus.

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Three schools to be closed in Syracuse, N.Y.

A high school and an elementary school will be shut down or drastically changed under New York Education Department rules. Both schools failed to raise academic performance over the last three years despite intensive state help. The state also is replacing a second elementary school with the new Syracuse Latin School.

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