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Missouri school districts offer help to two struggling systems

Twenty-two school districts in the St. Louis region will offer support to the struggling Riverview Gardens and Normandy school systems by reducing tuition payments they collect to educate the two unaccredited district's transfer students.

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Questions remain as new chapter in Newark schools begin

Four months after the Department of Education renewed the contract of Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the troubled state-controlled New Jersey school district is stepping down. After 21 years in state control, the question remains whether Newark Public Schools should be returned to local leadership.

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LGBT studies course at San Francisco high school one of the first

Ruth Asawa High School is one the first high schools in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times.

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Hawaii charter school closure could leave taxpayers on the hook for debts

The closure of the Halau Lokahi charter school could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the state's 3-year-old Charter School Commission. Unlike most states, charters in Hawaii are state agencies. That means the state may be responsible for debts if a school closes.

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Maine school district drops incentive pay for teachers

An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by the Regional School Unit 40 district. The difficulty in getting a contract last time, as well as continued opposition from teachers, played a part in the decision to not include the incentive program in the new contract.

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New school funding formula passes first hurdle in Pa. Senate

The Senate Education Committee voted to approve legislation that provides for a new funding school formula. The formula gives weight to factors such as poverty, local wealth, ability to raise revenue to pay for schools, students who attend charter schools, and rural and small district conditions.

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Pennsylvania bill aims to ease school district mergers

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling for a statewide study looking at school district consolidation. The resolution will direct the state to look at ways school districts could merge or consolidate and the potential cost savings.

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Vermont institute helps schools grow farm-to-school programs

Vermont will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about the state's model and develop their own farm-to-school plans to get more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curricula about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

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School crime offenses decreasing in Tennessee

Data collected by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed that the number of offenses occurring in school decreased 14.4 percent from 2014 to 2012. The study showed a total of 30,232 offenses for the time frame with simple assault being the most frequently reported offense.

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Indiana high school interns head to the factories

More than 80 other budding engineers will build and work with machines as part of a new internship program designed to give high school students experience in engineering and manufacturing programs with area companies.

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