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Mississippi gets money for advanced high school exams

The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes.

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Hand sanitizers not shown to cut school absences

Putting alcohol-based hand sanitizers in classrooms in the hopes of reducing school absences due to illness may not be worth the expense in high-income countries where clean water for washing hands is readily available, a study says. It finds that adding the sanitizers to school-age kids' usual hand hygiene routine — washing with soap and water — did not reduce illness-related absences.

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Pennsylvania expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program

Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the state's department of education is expanding its 2014-2015 Governor's Expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program. This initiative is designed to create a culture of innovation and achievement in Pennsylvania's public schools to increase student achievement.

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Illinois city cracking down on school truants

East Chicago students and parents who don’t take attendance seriously will face big changes. A new cooperative effort between police, school and city officials, the city court judge, Calumet College and Ivy Tech Community College will identify truant students and return them to the classroom.

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School leaders react to Indiana's statewide bullying assessment

Local school leaders are reacting to the first statewide assessment of bullying at public schools. The report stated that there were more than 9,000 cases of bullying during last school year in Indiana. Verbal incidents accounted for 44 percent, 21 percent were physical and the rest were electronic threats and social shunning.

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Hundreds of students without a school after Ohio charter school closes

A Cincinnati charter school threatened by a lack of funding will not reopen for this upcoming school year, forcing hundreds of parents to scramble to find a new school for their children.

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11 Michigan charter school authorizers 'at risk' for suspension

More than a quarter of Michigan's charter school authorizers are "at risk" of being suspended, the Michigan Department of Education announced. Department officials said that 11 authorizers may not be allowed to open new schools because of low academic performance and problems with contract transparency.

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Minn. human rights office finds probable discrimination in school district

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has found probable cause that discrimination did occur in the Hibbing School District. The department was investigating allegations of discrimination, but it was not made public who or what was under investigation.

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Kansas teachers union sues state over termination law

The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a new law that strips teachers of a right to a hearing before they are fired.

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Indiana's controversial high school transfer rules draw scrutiny

An Indianapolis Star study of all 50 state high school athletic associations shows that Indiana's stance on transfers falls in the middle compared to both the toughest and most lenient restrictions. But the process, in comparison to other states, can be construed as murky or confusing and at times leaves the association open to second-guessing.

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