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Florida Virtual School will get access to foundation records after ruling

The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.

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Baltimore school advocates want more funding from state and city

As a global audience has focused on Baltimore's impoverished neighborhoods following the riots, education advocates are pushing for more money for schools and programs for youth. They are asking the governor to release $68 million in education funding, including about $11 million for Baltimore.

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Little hope for effort to address Iowa school funding inequity

An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.

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Report slams Louisiana charter school oversight

Louisiana understaffs its charter schools oversight offices and relies on charters' own reports and whistleblowers to uncover problems. The new report also casts a skeptical eye on the veracity of the data that the state uses to calculate the performance scores that keep charters open.

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New York governor renews tax-credit push

A new version of the education tax credit legislation would offer three separate tax credits: one for individuals who donate money to private school scholarship funds, one to reimburse public school teachers for out-of-pocket expenses and one to offset private tuition costs.

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Denver school board sets course toward more decentralized district

As an early step in a decision-making decentralization plan, all principals in Denver will have the option to select and buy their own curriculum, school-based testing programs and professional development plans next year.

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Students and parents worry about schoolwork after concussions

Kids and teens who suffer a concussion worry about their academic skills in the weeks afterward, and older kids and those with more severe symptoms seem to worry the most, according to a new study.

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State-funded preschool attendance is increasing, but barely

The number of children enrolled in state-funded preschool programs nationwide increased modestly by about 8,500 seats during the 2013-14 school year—an increase of 4 percent for 3-year-olds and 29 percent for4-year-olds served by these programs.

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ACT to expand computer-based testing

Computer-based testing of the ACT will be available next year in the 18 states and additional districts that require students — typically juniors — to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected.

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Houston ISD grade fixing probe expands to second high school

The Texas district's internal auditor says he's expanding the grade fixing probe that began at Westbury High School to a second campus. The move follows detailed, anonymous allegations from teachers on the campus relayed to school board members.

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