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Legal marijuana in Colorado generates millions for schools

Since the beginning of 2014, when Colorado's first retail marijuana shops opened, $15.6 million has been generated in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools through the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program.

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Alabama House approves charter school legislation

The approved legislation would allow the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools a year for five years, and allow an unlimited number of conversion schools. Teachers working in charter schools would not be required to have certifications. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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Governor's school reform plan violates constitution, state board alleges

The State Board of Education asked Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider the transfer of the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education to a state office directly under his control, saying the move violates the state constitution.

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Amended bill would expand enrollment, funding for state-run district

A Tennessee bill that originally was about financial literacy was rewritten through an amendment that would allow the state’s Achievement School District to enroll out-of-zone students and charge charter schools an authorization fee.

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Florida bill seeks early school start date, uniformity

Worried the late Labor Day this year won't leave enough time for school districts to finish their fall curriculum, Florida lawmakers are seeking to amend a law so schools can get an early jump on the school year. The bill would also bring all of the state's school districts under the same standard.

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N.Y.'s charter schools downplay teacher inexperience amid strong performance

Many charter schools have a high number of teachers with little experience or instructors who are teaching outside of their certified subject areas, an analysis found. However, most of the charter schools with fewer teachers holding proper licenses and masters degrees still post higher scores on standardized tests than their district counterparts.

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Oregon school’s punishments for students upsets parents

A Portland elementary school has put an alternative discipline approach on hold after parents complained that it caused their kids to feel humiliated. While the district widely uses community-service discipline to give out chores that match a student's misbehavior, the methods in question have been temporarily put on hold at the K8 school in order to ensure it’s being used appropriately.

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Gloucester Township police, school board clash over school security

The future of the New Jersey district's school resource officer program remains uncertain amidst a simmering conflict between the board of education and municipality. The district is considering replacing two full-time police officers currently employed as school resource officers and two community education officers with a private security force.

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High school graduation rates for minority students improve faster than rest of nation

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the 2.4 percentage growth for all students in the nation, according to new National Center for Education Statistics data. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-13.

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Struggling New York City schools hope to change without proposed state takeover

Brooklyn’s once-proud Boys & Girls High School is in bad shape with an under 40 percent graduation rate. To counter Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desire to take over the Bedford-Stuyvesant school, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has chosen to use it to show that the city can fix its troubles without the state takeover Cuomo wants for many schools.

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