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North Carolina school begins year-round pilot program

An Asheville City elementary school will began school again very soon as part of a new year-round pilot program. If the pilot program is successful, other Asheville City schools are expected to go to the year-round calendar.

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Kansas educators considered school bill vote when endorsing candidates

After months of saying teachers would show their discontent with the Legislature at the polls, Kansas' largest teachers union endorsed a slate of candidates for the Kansas House. The Legislature had linked a provision that ended state-mandated hearings before public school teachers can be fired to a Supreme Court-ordered fix for school funding.

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Missouri governor rejects bill that would arm teachers

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed Senate Bill 656. The bill would have allowed districts to designate teachers or school administrators as "school protection officers." They would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in school buildings and classrooms.

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Teacher-backed bonus plan begins in Tennessee school system

The 7,000-student Kingsport City school system, which abandoned traditional pay scales in favor of a merit-based system, will implement a teacher-designed overhaul to teacher compensation in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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New magnet school for the arts to open in Massachusetts

Springfield Conservatory for the Arts, a new city-run magnet school focusing on the performing and visual arts, will make its debut this fall with 120 students making up its original cast. Starting with grades six through nine, the school will add a new grade over the next four years to reach twelfth grade.

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Six Oregon districts among worst in getting educational bang for buck

Jefferson County, Vernonia and four other rural Oregon school districts are among the 300 worst in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending and reading and math achievements, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress. Several of the Oregon districts experience high levels of chronic absenteeism.

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Indiana high school debates high school drug testing

A proposal to randomly drug test Zionsville High School students was debated and delayed for a third time. The original plan included suspending students from extracurricular activities if they test positive and requiring they undergo drug treatment in order to re-enter.

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Chicago's traditional schools see drop in funding under plan

Chicago Public Schools' proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million. The budget increases funding to the district's 143 privately run charter and contract schools by the same amount.

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Harsher penalties for school threats in new Pennsylvania bill

House bill 2351 in Pennsylvania would increase penalties for terroristic threats towards a school, and let schools know if a person who has threatened them is released from jail. The bill would make the first offense of threats against a school a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, as it is now.

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South Carolina education officials act swiftly to replace Common Core

Members of the state's Board of Education are expecting to vote on math and English language arts standards educators will use for teaching students during the 2015-16 school year as early as December, with a team of writers producing the new standards no later than August

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