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President prepared to fight for school funding and education priorities

Pointing to increased high school graduation rates, President Barack Obama said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He's also calling for a focus on low-performing schools, annual assessments and investments in special education and English-language learners.

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Jefferson County asks federal judge to decide school split

The Alabama county's board of education has asked a U.S. District Court judge to decide the fate of Gardendale's proposal to form a new school system. The board alleges that its ability to live up to a 50-year-old desegregation order could be hurt if Gardendale splinters off without first paying millions of dollars so new schools could be built for displaced county students.

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Plan to curb school meal options draws fire

A plan by Boston public schools to cut cafeteria costs by reducing the variety and number of offerings is raising concerns among some parents and food service employees. The changes, scheduled to begin next month, affect more than 40 schools with on-site kitchens.

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Pro-charter school group gives Ohio low marks

A national group that promotes tax-funded, privately operated charter schools, gave Ohio low marks for its state laws and policies allowing the growth of the alternative public schools. Center for Education Reform's report ranked Ohio 28 out of the 42 states and District of Columbia that allow charter schools.

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Hoover school officials seek state opinion on release of payroll records

District officials are asking the Alabama attorney general for an opinion as to whether the Hoover school board has to release individual employees' payroll records when salary schedules are available and employees object.

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Landmark school finance bill clears Kansas Legislature

The Kansas Senate voted to replace the existing school funding formula with block grants for the next two years while lawmakers craft a new method for funding schools. The bill is likely to face a challenge in the courts from plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and equality of school funding.

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Pennsylvania district looks for responsible people to make walking bus program a success

Starting this fall, students of Rupert Elementary School will be encouraged to join a walking school bus. But first, the school district needs to build the “bus” -- a corps of trained volunteers to escort children.

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Texas education investigators see rise in sex allegations

The agency previously reported an uptick of 27 percent over the last three years. The number of investigations rose from 141 during the academic year that ended in 2010 to 179 at year-end 2014.

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Schools seek ways to make up snow days

Indiana school districts that have missed more than a week of class due to winter weather are searching for ways to make up those days.

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Rural schools burdened by transportation costs

State lawmakers are attempting to address the inequity, but there may not be enough money in the state’s checkbook to cover any viable solution.

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