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New York owes high-needs school districts billions, says report

A new report from Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action states high-need schools in New York have missed out on a disproportionate amount of cash during the past several years compared with school districts in wealthier areas. The report says, in addition to being behind on the alleged $5.9 billion it owes to schools, the state owes 2.3 times more to high-need schools than wealthy ones.

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School progress targets unrealistic, Vermont official says

The Vermont Education Department announced that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing No Child Left Behind standards a mission impossible.

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Texas school ratings released

School ratings, released by the Texas Education Agency, show that about 9 percent of public schools across Texas fell short of the targets. The Houston ISD, despite its progress compared to last year, had nearly twice the rate of low-performing schools as the state average.

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White students to no longer be majority in schools

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group this year at 49.8 percent. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

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Kentucky district drops federal lunch program

The 2,800-student Fort Thomas Independent Schools district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country — mostly wealthy districts that can afford to forfeit the money — that have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.

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Education groups contend that N.Y. owes districts $5.9 billion

Although New York spends the most per capita in the nation on its schools, the Alliance for Quality Education and other education groups charge that New York hasn't upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion by 2011 and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession.

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N.J.'s board of education changes teacher evaluation formula

The New Jersey State Board of Education took the first formal step to modify the teacher evaluation process to reduce the importance of student test scores for the upcoming school year. The proposed changes are in response to teachers' outcry that their evaluations will be based on scores of a new and unproven computer-based test that will be given to students this spring.

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Oklahoma school district moving to 4-day school week

Teachers and students in Washington County's district will be on a new schedule, with longer days Monday through Thursday and Fridays off. The superintendent first thought of the idea, not necessarily as a money-saving measure, but rather as a hiring perk for new teachers.

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Texas district partners with state university for STEM Academy

Arlington's school district is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington to set up a free, dual-credit academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to study STEM. The STEM Academy will open at one of the district's high schools in August 2015.

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Maryland school district to monitor students' social media

Washington County's public school district will be one of only four in the nation to use special software to track students' social media posts with the idea to keep students safe. Any public post to a social media site on school grounds in Washington County will be run through a new system and checked for certain flag words.

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