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For more teens, arrests by police replace school discipline

Some jurisdictions are so overwhelmed that they are experimenting with routing schoolchildren into specially designed courts that would keep first-time offenders from being saddled with an arrest record. Others have passed new laws or policies to dial back police involvement in school discipline.

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In New York City, 15 of 42 superintendents replaced

Nearly 36 percent of New York City's 42 city school superintendents have been replaced as Chancellor Carmen Fariña enacts a plan to fix the city’s troubled classrooms. Her goal is to create a highly experienced group of superintendents capable of whipping the nation’s largest school system into shape.

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Louisiana schools show modest improvement in 2014

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White delivered the news of steady progress and modest improvements by the state's public school students with words of caution — it's good news, but it may not last for long.

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N.Y. Regents approve testing students on vocational skills

New York students will have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by state education leaders. The plan approved by the Board of Regents would let students replace one of the social studies exams with a comparable exam in a trade.

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N.Y. school cancels football season amid bullying allegations

School leaders at Monroe-Woodbury High School have canceled the remainder of the season for the junior varsity team. The decision comes after some players at the Orange County school came forward with complaints about verbal abuse between teammates.

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Local Florida program helps inmates earn diplomas online

A Pensacola-based online education program is partnering with the Florida Department of Corrections to help state inmates earn high school diplomas. In the coming weeks, Smart Horizons Career Online Education and the FDOC Online Campus will begin online education programs at seven correctional facilities throughout the state.

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Massachusetts virtual school faces probation

After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing a 20-month probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues.

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New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

Vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day. The problem has gotten so bad that school districts are installing little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by. Violators are sent tickets in the mail, with fines ranging from $100 all the way up to $1,000.

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Judge throws out $15 million verdict against Newark schools

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a $15 million verdict against the New Jersey school district in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former city teacher with multiple sclerosis.

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Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

For months last spring, bus drivers complained about low wages, dilapidated buses and unpaid hours spent stranded on the roadside or waiting for inspections. Subject to a school board vote, they will all get pay raises in addition to extra training in CHAMPS, a system the schools use to manage student behavior.

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