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With parents' permission, children are now allowed to travel to school alone

Utah took a big step last week when the first ever Free-Range Kids and Parents federal legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate. A clause was added into the Every Child Achieves Act which states that children can walk or bike to school alone, at an age their parents feel is appropriate.

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Middle school case puts Fla. district under federal scrutiny concerning disabilities

Another federal probe has the Hillsborough County school system in its sights, this one concerning a learning-disabled student. As a result, the district is reminding teachers to assess students without delay, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is monitoring the district's compliance.

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Texas’ school funding levels called red flag

After five years of battling the state in court for more funding, a number of Texas districts are still at or below their funding levels from five years ago. The lingering effect of the cuts will be a key issue in the lawsuit appeal the Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear in September.

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Cash-strapped Chicago schools propose $1.16 billion more debt

Chicago Public Schools proposed selling the general obligation bonds despite the district's falling credit ratings and other issues. Proceeds would be used to improve school facilities, refund outstanding bonds and more.

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Orinda school debacle inspires legislative fixes

The children of live-in nannies will be able to attend school in the district where their parents work and reside under a California bill approved by the state Legislature.

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Lawmakers to look at school aid's impact on property taxes

Nebraska lawmakers will launch a review of the state's school-aid formula next month to consider new funding options, including a possible boost in state aid or new revenue sources that would allow school districts to lower their levies.

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Arkansas districts first to apply for charter-like waivers

Seven traditional Arkansas school districts are the first to try out a new state law that allows them to apply to be exempt from a variety of requirements tied to duty-free lunches for staff members, the hiring and firing of teachers and support staff and more.

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New York puts nearly 150 schools on ‘struggling’ lists

The state Education Department released the list of 144 schools from 17 school districts deemed to be "struggling," which puts them on a short-term clock to improve or face a takeover by an outside receiver. Twenty schools are considered "persistently struggling."

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Proposal to split high school sports rejected by Tenn. association

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voted down a proposal that would have required all public high school sports to play Division I and private school sports to play Division II.

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Ohio education department to redo charter-school sponsor evaluations

The department will retract the charter-school sponsor evaluations it issued this year, following an outcry that internet charter-school achievement data were arbitrarily left out of the criteria, in potential violation of state law.

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