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New Kansas City program launched to fight chronic school absenteeism

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

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Recession-era school spending levels in Wisconsin match other states

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

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Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

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Court to hear arguments Philadelphia district violated Pa. constitution

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a charter school case that centers on the powers that the School Reform Commission has to manage charter school growth in Philadelphia's financially distressed district.

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Program emerges to clean up neighborhoods around Los Angeles schools

Los Angeles announced a pilot program that seeks to clean up neighborhoods around several middle schools. In addition to environmental polluters, the effort will also ramp up checks on parolees living close to campuses, seek out businesses that sell tobacco to kids, train a volunteer force of parents to watch over students walking to school, and seek to return truants to classrooms.

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States collaborate to keep track of students

For years, Washington state has collected data on students from prekindergarten through college along with workforce statistics. Until now, Washington and other states frequently hit roadblocks when they tried to track their students who moved out of state. Washington – along with Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii – recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

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Texas district battles truancy

Through its Operation KEYS (keeping every youth in school) program, Corpus Christi Independent School District is battling truancy with volunteers visiting truant students' homes and informing them of different options to graduate from high school.

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Atlanta school cheating trial has teachers facing prison

A landmark school cheating trial is set to begin in Georgia with school teachers facing up to 35 years in prison. Opening statements are expected to start this month in the trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees accused of boosting students' scores by altering and falsely certifying students' answers in standardized tests.

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Metro Nashville to offer ‘full choice’ of high schools

In an admissions overhaul that relies on city buses, Nashville area students will be able to choose which high school they attend next year. However, schools located outside students’ current geographic zones would require open seats for them to get in, likely limiting entry into several.

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Smaller Indiana districts' best option is consolidation, study finds

"School Corporation Size and the Cost of Education," a policy brief from Ball State University's Center for Business and Educational Research, found that consolidation might be the best option for the Indiana's smaller school districts. The study determined that 2,000 students is the minimum efficient scale for school corporations in the state.

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