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Arrests, incidents at Birmingham high schools dropped dramatically over past year

The number of Birmingham high school students arrested on campus has dropped dramatically by 63 percent from August through December 2014 at the city's seven high schools. The success if being attributed to police and school resource officers shifting their focus from being reactive by making arrests to being proactive by mentoring and recommending resources.

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When school's out, millions of kids go hungry

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Only 18 percent of those in the school lunch program are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program.

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Judge gives go-ahead to teacher evaluations lawsuit

A New Mexico judge has denied a motion to dismiss a teachers union lawsuit that challenges the state's new NMTEACH educator evaluation system, delighting opponents who say the system is punitive and error-ridden.

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Utah school board rejects larger role for governor in public education

Utah's state school board will not join with Gov. Gary Herbert in calling for amendments to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act which would require the governor's signature on plans for spending federal education dollars in Utah.

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Washington’s first charter school given more time to fix its problems

Nine months after first raising concerns about First Place Scholars, the Washington state commission governing charter schools agreed to give the school yet more time to fix its troubled special-education services and raise enough money to keep going.

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Chicago's school system to run out of cash this summer, report says

The Chicago Public Schools will run out of cash as early as this summer and be unable to meet payroll, pension and debt payments without third-party intervention or a significant cost deferral, according to a new report.

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School Net goal revised by state

Arkansas plans for its upgraded school broadband network to initiate at twice the speed originally planned and 40 times faster than the existing network. The $6 million upgrade cost will be covered by delayed reimbursements for existing school broadband capacity from the federal government's E-rate program.

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Charter school advocates express concern about more restrictive charter bills

The Rhode Island Mayoral Academies lobbied against Rhode Island legislation, which would require local approval for new and expanding charter schools. Concerns are being raised about possible negative consequences, including fiscal issues for schools already in the process of adding grades.

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Texas turns away from criminal student truancy courts

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures.

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Commission unveils recommendations for new Pa. school funding formula

A school district’s enrollment, relative wealth and its ability to generate local tax revenue are at the heart of a school funding formula proposed by the state's Basic Education Funding Commission. Pennsylvania is one of only a few states without a consistent formula.

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