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Texas turns away from criminal student truancy courts

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures.

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Commission unveils recommendations for new Pa. school funding formula

A school district’s enrollment, relative wealth and its ability to generate local tax revenue are at the heart of a school funding formula proposed by the state's Basic Education Funding Commission. Pennsylvania is one of only a few states without a consistent formula.

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Settlement reached to overhaul Mississippi juvenile courts

The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the state to overhaul the way young people are arrested and processed through the juvenile courts. The deal follows a federal report which uncovered systemic violations of due process rights of juveniles for minor infractions such as truancy or wearing the wrong clothes to school.

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More Georgia school districts win 'flexibility' from state rules

In two weeks, Georgia will have five times more districts operating with more freedom from state rules. School districts that accept the Investing in Educational Excellence model must push more decision-making down to the school level. In exchange, they get to keep money-saving waivers from some state mandates.

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Increased transparency needed from Fla. charter applicants

The Florida Board of Education will vote on a rule change that would require prospective charter school governing board members to list their past affiliations with other charter schools, including those that have failed, and detail the performance of those campuses.

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Lansing school board looks at $151 million budget

After trimming more than $6 million, the Michigan city's school board vote on a $151 million budget for 2015-16 school year. Budget cuts include a retirement incentive for veteran teachers, changes in transportation and changes in the way the district uses substitute teachers.

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State endorses Indiana school as early college high school

For the past three years, Delta High School has been working to adopt the early college programming, offering an increasing number of early college courses, training faculty and finding funding. The University of Indianapolis has now officially endorsed Delta as an early college high school.

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Rocketship gets OK to open 10th school in Santa Clara County

Overruling a local school board's objections, the California county's board of education approved a new Rocketship charter school in San Jose. The Franklin-McKinley district had rejected Rocketship's application after only being able to verify 4 percent of parent signatures submitted, far short of the signatures representing 50 percent of projected enrollment as required by state law.

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Committee approves bill limiting charter school expansion in Rhode Island

The Senate Committee on Education dealt a blow to charter schools by approving a bill that imposes a moratorium on charter expansions and requires town council approval before any new charter can go forward.

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Suggested overhaul to Pa. school funding formula made public

Pennsylvania’s public school funding formula will most likely undergo an overhaul based on commission recommendations to take into account charter schools and each district’s tax base. A new factor will go beyond accounting for the percentage of poorer students to adjust for the level and concentration of poverty in a school district.

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