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LA school district police stock up free military gear

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.

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How a Bronx charter school is revolutionizing education

This is only Brilla’s second year in existence. It has a kindergarten, first and second grade. And yet, in the 2013-14 academic year, students at this charter school already made an average of 2.3 years of progress in math and 1.9 years of progress in reading.

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Full-service schools aim to focus on students' health and scores

Education advocates say adding health care services, parenting classes and community events will help people in under-served communities engage more with their schools. T

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Charter school closing after 20 days, costing state $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy's board of directors voted to relinquish their charter, 20 days into the school year. The North Carolina Office of Charter Schools put the school on financial disciplinary status and froze its access to funds for not provided required reporting fir several months.

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Proposed charter school moratorium calls for new oversight standards

Some Democrats in the state House are calling for a temporary moratorium on new charter schools in Michigan. Several representatives announced new legislation that would prevent charter school authorizations until the state adopts new standards for transparency, ethics and accountability.

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Changing focus school transfer lottery could boost diversity in Oregon city

Changing the lottery system that determines which students get into Portland Public Schools’ focus option programs could significantly promote equality and diversity and strengthen neighborhood schools that have struggled with low enrollment, according to the city's Advisory Committee for Enrollment and Transfer.

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L.A. school district will double staff helping with iPad rollout

In response to problems with providing iPads to the district, the Los Angeles school system will double the number of people who will help with technical and instructional issues. The technical assistance this year will involve about 120 employees at a cost of about $3.9 million to the general fund and about $5.3 million charged to school construction bonds.

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Utah bill to require high school students to pass civics test to graduate

Utah legislators and business leaders announced an education initiative designed to create more civically informed high school graduates. The Utah Civics Education Initiative bill would have high school students pass a U.S. civics test in order to qualify for graduation or an equivalent.

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Florida court clears way for virtual school legal fight

Refereeing a fight in the online-education world, the state Supreme Court said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by a private competitor. Justices rejected arguments that only the Florida Department of State can sue to protect trademarks of the state virtual school.

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Private and charter school students excluded from Minneapolis public school teams

Minnesota allows private, parochial and charter school students in schools without their particular sport to try out for public high school sports in the cities where they live. But the Minneapolis Public School District abruptly ended that arrangement this fall.

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