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Amendment would raise bar for unfunded mandates for Ala. districts

A statewide amendment on the November 2014 ballot would make it harder for the Alabama Legislature to impose new requirements on school systems without providing money to pay for the changes. Supporters say it would provide schools with the same protections city and county governments have had for years.

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Number of students in high-performing Denver schools dips slightly

The number of Denver students in high-performing schools in Denver declined 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by Denver Public Schools. Of the district’s 154 schools, 60 percent of students attend a school rated in the top two categories.

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Bethlehem Area school district to appeal charter expansion to state court

The district plans to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a lower court ruling that could allow a Bethlehem charter school to open a second location. The legal battle centers around the charter school wanting to open a dedicated middle school in a shuttered Catholic school. Bethlehem school officials argue state law prohibits that.

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School absence policies examined after child deaths in South Carolina

In the wake of the deaths of five Lexington County children, some weigh whether a statewide, uniform policy on school absences is needed. According to the State Department of Education, there is no uniform requirement on when and how schools should notify parents of an absent student.

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Homelessness on the rise among school-age children

New Education Department statistics say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. School districts reported that nearly 76,000 of these students were living on their own.

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New York to survey all 700 school districts on anti-bullying initiatives

The state will survey more than 700 school districts to determine how they are implementing New York's anti-bullying and harassment law. The survey will ask for information on steps and actions the districts have taken to implement core provisions of the Dignity for all Students Act.

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Common Core US history standards attacked in SC

The opponents, led by Sherri Few, who finished third in this year's Republican primary for education superintendent, will bring their complaints to the state Education Oversight Committee on Monday.

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Spending cuts to education and nutrition will hurt kids

A new report Thursday found that only 2% of the projected increase in federal spending over the next decade will be dedicated to programs benefiting children.

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For some schools, zzzs top the ABCs

After reviewing studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement in late August saying that because of their natural sleep cycles, teens really do experience difficulty falling asleep before 11 p.m. and that middle and high schools should start class at 8:30 a.m. or later.

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Iowa school district outfits buses with WiFi

The small district in Wapello County has outfitted its buses with high-speed, wireless Internet, Des Moines television station KCCI reported Saturday.

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