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Hundreds of Colorado high school students refuse to take state tests

Thousands of high school seniors from Boulder to the Denver suburbs are skipping new state-mandated science and social studies tests, the latest flare-up in an escalating battle over Colorado's standardized tests. The no-shows in some of the state's highest-performing and wealthiest districts come amid growing anxiety about overtesting.

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Student's protest sparks debate over weighing at school

An Iowa student's refusal to be weighed sparked a weight-related debate and prompted the school district to suspend weighing students as part of a measure to determine their body mass index, a common health assessment tool in schools across the country.

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Maryland high schools unsafe for LGBT students, study says

LGBT high school students in Maryland constantly hear derogatory remarks and are often verbally, physically and sexually harassed and assaulted by their classmates, according to a 2013 survey of LGBT secondary students. Fewer than half report the abuse.

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Second virtual charter school approved in Maine

The Maine Charter School Commission approved Maine Virtual Academy, the state’s second virtual charter school. The school, which will contract with K12 Inc., will enable students to take courses online and communicate with teachers through email, phone calls and online meetings.

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Wake schools considers enrollment caps for nine schools in 2015-2016

Faced with a growing student population, nine overcrowded schools have been identified for possible limits on enrollment by Wake County school administrators in North Carolina while school planners also suggested keeping enrollment caps in place at 10 other schools.

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N.J. bill to study allowing teens to start school day later set to be heard

State lawmakers are scheduled to take up a proposed bill that would require the state to study whether to allow teens to stay in bed longer on school days.

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Indianapolis plan would close magnet school, shift other programs

Key Learning Community, one of Indianapolis Public School's most famous schools, would shut down and four others would see dramatic changes to their offerings under a plan presented to the school board.

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Puyallup School District sees looming crisis in school overcrowding

The growing Puyallup School District, already home to 231 portable classrooms, is facing an increasing perennial space crunch. Puyallup voters have rejected new school construction bonds in recent years. Board members also seem reluctant to consider more drastic options, such as double-shifting or year-round school.

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Six Baltimore City schools set to close

By the end of this school year, six city schools will shut their doors for good. It’s a cost-cutting plan designed to save the district millions and free up money to renovate dozens of other schools.

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HISD board to vote on Arabic-immersion school

Houston ISD leaders are preparing to give children as young as four the opportunity to learn Arabic, as understanding of the language has become increasingly important in business and government. The school board will vote to open one of the nation's first Arabic immersion elementary schools.

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