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Bibles given at Oklahoma school prompts investigation

Duncan Public Schools is investigating an allegation of an elementary teacher passing out Bibles in a classroom. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a national nonprofit organization whose legal center focuses on separation-of-church-and-state issues, argues the incident violates the First Amendment.

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Connecticut using more rigorous system for charter school renewal

Beginning next month, Connecticut's State Board of Education is expected to use a new more rigorous process to decide whether to renew the charters of six existing charter schools. The legislature is also currently considering a bill that would bolster charter school transparency and accountability.

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Some New York schools could face takeover

More than 170 schools across the state could face a takeover if they don't boost their lagging academic performance. The new law means the targeted schools  most of them from big urban school districts like New York, Rochester and Yonkers — will have to act briskly or face the prospect of ceding control to an outside entity.

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Students can't 'opt out' of Kentucky's statewide testing

Students who don't participate in Kentucky's assessment system will receive a "0" score, which will be included in the school's accountability calculation, according to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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Appeals court upholds yoga program in California city's public schools

The teaching of yoga in Encinitas USD's schools does not represent an illegal attempt at religious indoctrination, an appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel upheld a decision by the San Diego Superior Court that the yoga program is devoid of any religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.

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Idaho governor signs $125 million teacher salary bill into law

Gov. Butch Otter signed a $125.5 million career ladder teacher salary bill into law. Over five years, the career ladder is designed to give all teachers a raise every year — starting with a $33.5 million boost in state funding in 2015-16.

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Senate passes Maryland charter school bill in modified form

The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland and sent it to the House. Some original language was stripped out exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.

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Without janitors, students are in charge of keeping school clean

In an Oregon school, for 30 minutes after lunch, students sweep, mop, take out the trash and even clean the bathrooms — but responsibilities rotate so no one is stuck scrubbing toilets more than two or three times a year.

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Substitute teacher shortage puts strain on Ann Arbor-area schools

Across the country, school officials say the improving job market has exacerbated the substitute teacher shortage, as people who might have taken substitute positions can now find full-time jobs.

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N.C. schools now required to have trainer responder at football games

North Carolina schools will have to improve the quality of emergency help on hand when students suffer sports injuries, the State Board of Education determined Thursday.

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