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Massachusetts schools get millions to extend learning time

Schools in 11 school districts will receive $14 million in state grants to pay for at least 300 hours of additional learning time in each school. That time may be filled with more classroom instruction, enrichment opportunities for students, additional professional development for educators or a combination of these activities.

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Texas to hold districts accountable for failing schools

If school district leaders don’t fix failing schools, the state may strip their authority under a new law effective September 1. The new law sets deadlines for each step in a new reform process and allows the Texas education commissioner to install a board of managers replacing district leaders who fail to fix underperforming campuses.

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Allentown school board debates board access to schools

Should school board members be able to drop into district schools unannounced? The Pennsylvania district's school board is grappling with whether elected school directors should be treated like members of the general public or if they're a different category of visitor.

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Appeals court reverses Alabama 'rape bait' case decision

Administrators at an Alabama middle school showed "deliberate indifference" to allegations that a teacher's aide persuaded a girl to act as bait to catch an accused sexual predator, a federal court of appeals decided.

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States get federal help to reduce AP exam costs

The U.S. Department of Education is giving $28.4 million in grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands to reduce costs of advanced placement exams for low-income students. Some students could pay as little as $12 for an exam. Without the grants, some tests cost nearly $100.

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Washington state fined $100,000 a day over school funding gap

The state's top court fined the state $100,000 per day for failing to put forward a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school, which the court said was required by its previous orders and the state's constitution.

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Mississippi city, school district at odds over past tax penalty payments

More than two years since the issue first came to light, the City of Ocean Springs and its school district are still at odds over what to do about nearly $720,000 in past ad valorem tax penalty and interest money the district says the city owes.

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Governor wants to change structure, role of Ohio education board

Under current law, the board — 11 elected members and eight appointed by the governor — hires, and fires, the state superintendent of public instruction. The governor’s critics say an all-elected board is the best way to remove politics from the panel while the governor wants to be able to appoint his own head of the Department of Education.

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Missouri school outperforms most schools in the state

New test results show that Liberty’s new EPiC school is outperforming with 90 percent of its students scoring passing grades as compared to 52 percent of the state's third-grade students being proficient or advanced in math. The experimental school's more informal classes are bigger but have two teachers for every 50 students.

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Colorado inches closer to federal approval of new testing system

The state’s plan to ease the testing burden for 10th graders may well get federal approval, but Colorado still has to jump through some hoops before the assessment and accountability system change is a done deal.

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