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Bill clarifies testing opt-out rules in Wisconsin

Students in grades 3-12 could be excused from taking a state test and schools no longer would be penalized in accountability reports for students who do not take the test under a proposed bill.

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Arizona schools chief asks attorney general to review AIMS erasures

The state Education Department asked that AIMS test irregularities at seven Arizona schools be investigated, saying some students' answers on 2014 tests were changed to correct answers at a higher-than-normal rate. The potential consequences for the schools range from lower state letter grades to loss of high-performance funds.

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Three-judge panel begins hearing on Kansas school funding

The chief judge of the state’s special-school finance court assigned the state’s top education finance official to investigate how much of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school block grants will go to schools and how much will go to the state pension fund.

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Where is the money coming from for Connecticut's charter school lobbying?

With about a month left in the legislative session and the fate and finances of charter schools still to be decided, lobbyists backing charter schools are on track to outspend last year's total with over $330,000 in the first quarter of 2015. Only about 1.5 percent of Connecticut school children — about 8,000 — attend the state's 22 public charter schools.

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School transgender rights bill passes in Fairfax County

The Virginia county's public school board members voted to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy despite overwhelming opposition from the audience.

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Pennsylvania House bill values teacher evaluations over seniority

A new bill may remove seniority as a priority in school districts' decisions on teacher layoffs. It would allow school district officials to lay off teachers based on their employee evaluations and move teacher tenure eligibility from three to five years.

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Miami-Dade County public schools top Florida's school fighting reports' list

According to the latest numbers recently released by the Florida Department of Education, the top eight schools, with reported fights, are all in Miami-Dade County. A middle school was in the top spot with 188 reported fights last school year.

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Iowa's school funding deal reached, legislator tweets

State lawmakers’ months-long impasse on school funding may be close to an end. A legislator posted that legislative leaders have agreed to a compromise of a 1.25-percent increase in K12 public school funding plus a one-time appropriation of $55 million.

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Ohio legislator asks for investigation into Ohio Virtual Academy

A state representative is demanding a thorough investigation into a report that an online charter school has been collecting taxpayer money for students who were no longer attending the school. The Ohio Virtual Academy has been accused of reporting attendance of students who should have been withdrawn for truancy.

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Newark schools should offer more social services, advocates say

The New Jersey city's schools should add more social services and community programming to tackle issues of poverty afflicting local neighborhoods, a group of education advocates said. The group advocated that the district could work with local nonprofit organizations to support a wider range of student needs.

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