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South Carolina education officials act swiftly to replace Common Core

Members of the state's Board of Education are expecting to vote on math and English language arts standards educators will use for teaching students during the 2015-16 school year as early as December, with a team of writers producing the new standards no later than August

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Charter school waiting lists cited as reason to lift Massachusetts cap

Long wait lists in Springfield—and 16 other underperforming districts across the state—provides evidence that the state should lift its cap on charters schools, a privately funded research organization argues.

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8 struggling schools opt in to Colorado’s new turnaround network

Unlike initiatives in Louisiana and Tennessee, which have concentrated weak schools in districts run directly by the state, Colorado is leaving control of the turnaround schools up to local districts.

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Maryland district to roll out 40,000 laptops, tablets to classrooms

The $15.03 million purchase of the devices still must be approved by the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education. The multi-year effort to provide all students with access to mobile computers on a cloud-based network started last school year with a pilot in nine schools.

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Private summer schools prompt debate on education inequality

While summer programs in many California public school districts have been scaled back or eliminated, scores of students in predominantly affluent areas can pay for courses, bolstering their transcripts to be more attractive to colleges.

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Groups push for climate science in classrooms

A coalition of climate and science groups has launched a petition, dubbed the Climate Science Bill of Rights, to urge local governments to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and teach climate change science in grades 8-12.

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Arizona schools win $1.6 billion in court fight with state

Arizona's public schools are due an additional $317 million in funding for the coming budget year, a court has ruled. The decision could cost the state an extra $1.6 billion over the next five years.

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FCC approves $2 billion boost for Wi-Fi in schools

The move will phase out E-rate funding for old technologies like pagers and dial-up phone service in order to subsidize broadband and wireless Internet connections in classrooms and libraries.

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11 area districts join new virtual school

A new public school drawing students from across the region, and the state, opens next month. The academy, referred to as TECCA, is the first new virtual school to be created under a law adopted early last year in Massachusetts to pave the way for more of them across the state.

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New Chicago charter school on hold due to FBI probe

A new charter school in Illinois won’t open as planned next month in a building owned by a politically connected pastor’s church because of a federal investigation involving charter operator Concept Schools.

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