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Connecticut plans over $20 million in round of school security grants

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

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Louisiana board offers new school testing proposal

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards. The school board agreed to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services in public schools that would have to align with "nationally recognized standards."

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Florida teachers union sues over bill expanding school vouchers

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

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Goodwill receives approval for Tennessee adult charter school

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

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Last school fires Connecticut charter group FUSE

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

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Federal complaint investigates over Houston school closures

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

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Mass. senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

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Normandy parents sue over school transfer changes

In Missouri, a group of Normandy school district parents have filed suit over recent changes to student attendance rules that limit the number of pupils who can transfer to better-performing schools in other districts.

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Texas charter face closure for improper financial management

Prime Prep Academy, the Texas charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders, faces closure for improper financial management and not complying with state education code. The Texas Education Agency intends to revoke the open-enrollment charter of Uplift Fort Worth, the parent organization of two Prime Prep campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Judge orders Ohio to sponsor charter school

VLT Academy, a 600-student charter school in Pendleton, will remain open next year thanks to a judge's ruling. The judge is forcing the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor the school next year, thereby saving it from closure.

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