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4-day school week has benefits, drawbacks

More than 36 percent of Idaho's school districts have adopted the four-day school week. According to a new report, the cost savings tend to be negligible because most district costs are tied up in salaries and benefits. However, the extra day for collaboration, grading papers and preparations has benefited parents and teachers.

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Judge declines Arkansas school dispute

The federal judge presiding in the long-running Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit declined to take up a dispute over the configuration of school board election zones in the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District. Opposition to the plan would have to be raised in a new lawsuit to bar the election.

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How Baltimore schools became aware of 'purge' threat on day of unrest

Emails show city schools were given little notice to delay dismissal in Baltimore's schools on the day Freddie Gray's funeral was being held. By that Monday afternoon, the city would fall into rioting and looting, which included students released from school.

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N.Y. department releases school guidelines for transgender students

The state Education Department released a set of recommendations for school districts that are meant to prevent them from discriminating against transgender or gender-nonconforming students.

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Amendment takes negotiating tool away from N.C. school districts

School districts would be blocked from suing their local boards of county commissioners for the next five years if an amendment quietly added by state senators to House Bill 561 becomes law.

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Differences in tax donations raise worries for poor schools in Arizona

Tax donations are a huge driver of extracurricular activities in Arizona's schools, but the vast difference in contributions between affluent and poor schools raises concerns as the state inches closer to letting schools use the money in the classroom.

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Large Georgia district short on special ed staff

Less than a month before the new school year begins, Gwinnett County school officials say they are looking for fill 75 teacher vacancies within the district. Almost half of those vacancies are for special education teachers.

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With parents' permission, children are now allowed to travel to school alone

Utah took a big step last week when the first ever Free-Range Kids and Parents federal legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate. A clause was added into the Every Child Achieves Act which states that children can walk or bike to school alone, at an age their parents feel is appropriate.

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Middle school case puts Fla. district under federal scrutiny concerning disabilities

Another federal probe has the Hillsborough County school system in its sights, this one concerning a learning-disabled student. As a result, the district is reminding teachers to assess students without delay, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is monitoring the district's compliance.

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Texas’ school funding levels called red flag

After five years of battling the state in court for more funding, a number of Texas districts are still at or below their funding levels from five years ago. The lingering effect of the cuts will be a key issue in the lawsuit appeal the Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear in September.

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