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Private school vouchers will be used to educate almost 9,000 Louisiana students

More than 8,800 students will receive public money in the 2014-2015 academic year to pay tuition and attend private schools under Louisiana's voucher program. If all choose to enroll, it will represent about a 30 percent increase from the 6,751 students who used vouchers last year.

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State test results show big gaps among Georgia's schools

The results of Georgia's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests show big gaps among central Georgia's schools. The school results show huge differences within many districts in terms of how many students are making progress.

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Indiana high school operator says it can no longer afford to run school

Arlington High School, one of Indiana's most troubled schools that was taken over by the state's education department, could be returned to Indianapolis Public Schools next year. The company hired by the state to operate Arlington said it could no longer run the school without an infusion of more than $2 million in additional funding.

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Florida ruling may chill districts efforts to challenge charter conversions

A ruling against the Miami-Dade County Public School District was the first-ever ruling under Florida statutes, written specifically to prevent school districts from taking “unlawful reprisals” against employees who support charter school conversions.

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Chicago's ‘welcoming schools’ to experience higher than average budget loss

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools. This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of their budgets.

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In wake of new union contract, 62 New York schools approved to ‘break the rules’

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

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Department of Education launches plan to attract good teachers to high-poverty areas

A new three-part Department of Education initiative will ask schools to create equity plans to combat the continued problem of high-poverty, high-minority schools that still lack the resources they need to support their students. The initiative will be bolstered by a $4.2 million technical assistance network and educator equity profiles.

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California school district adopts ethnic-studies curriculum

A Southern California school district will require ethnic-studies classes — ahead of a similar curriculum that legislators hope to someday implement statewide. The El Rancho Board of Education has agreed that all students, beginning with the class of 2016, must pass an ethnic-studies course before graduating.

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Tech CEOs request billions for school Wi-Fi

A group of 41 tech leaders is urging the Federal Communications Commission to ratify a proposed plan that would allocate $5 billion to expand the government’s E-Rate program to put Wi-Fi in as many schools as possible.

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The fight for tech interns now starts in high school

Landing top talent is getting so tough in Silicon Valley that technology companies are trying anything for an edge — including hiring interns out of high school and boosting new recruits’ perks.

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