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Illinois gets second largest preschool grant

The state will receive an additional $20 million in annual federal funding to further expand preschool services. Illinois was one of 18 states selected to share in a new $226 million, four-year federal grant program to expand preschool access to high-quality, full-day programming for children from high-needs communities.

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FCC passes E-Rate funding boost

The Federal Communications Commission approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed internet. The proposal will raise the overall funding cap for the program to $3.9 billion annually.

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High court rejects suit by La. school workers fired post-Katrina

The Louisiana Supreme Court refused to reconsider its October dismissal of a lawsuit over the firing of thousands of New Orleans public school employees after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees.

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Grants for pre-K awarded to Maine school districts

The Maine Department of Education is awarding $14.8 million in grants to 13 school districts in order to expand access to public preschool programs that educators say enhance students’ likelihood of academic success.

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How a New York City school is fighting to stay diverse

To preserve a Brooklyn school's diversity, the community persuaded the city's department of education to try an experiment at P.S. 133: set aside 35 percent of the kindergarten seats each year for kids who receive free lunch and those who are learning English.

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Despite robust options, thousands pass on school choice lottery

While families gave several reasons they remain in city schools, a new study shows major disparities in which types of students in Connecticut's urban centers enter the school choice lottery and which do not. the families of students who speak limited English or had special education needs were significantly less likely to.

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At schools, discipline to girls differs between and within races

Compared with black boys, who are disciplined at higher rates than boys of other races and ethnicities, researchers say black girls tend to be penalized more subjectively, like for having a bad attitude or being defiant.

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Congress eases federal school lunch guidelines

A year-end spending bill released by Congress doesn't allow schools to opt out of the federal healthy lunch program but it would ease standards. The bill would reduce requirements for whole grains and suspend lower sodium standards that were supposed to go into effect in 2017.

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Douglas County's school voucher case heard by Colorado's top court

The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could decide the future of district-run school voucher programs in the state. The legal battle began in 2011 when a Douglas County school board introduced a pilot voucher program that offered state funds for tuition at private schools, many of which were religious and outside the county.

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San Diego School Board votes for traditional schedule

San Diego USD trustees approved moving its schools and more than 132,000 students to a traditional schedule over the next two years.

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