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Ohio ratings point to preschools that are really schools, not just child care

Ohio is trying to give parents guidance through its Step Up To Quality preschool rating system, which rates childcare centers from one to five stars based on how well they try to educate children.

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Tucson schools go ahead with Mexican-American studies, risking $14M in state funds

A four-year-old controversy regarding the teaching of so-called “ethnic studies” in an Arizona school district is once again at the forefront, after Superintendent H.T. Sánchez of the Tucson Unified School District is authorizing the expansion of the courses – which involve mostly Mexican- and African-American studies.

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Bill could close failing Wisconsin schools

Wisconsin public schools deemed to be failing would have to become charter schools under a bill introduced Wednesday that was the first of the 2015 legislative session and placed on the fast track for passage.

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Divide between wealthy and poor schools at core of Indiana funding debate

Wealthy, mostly suburban schools have a beef with Indiana’s school funding formula: their superintendents say they are producing the state’s best test scores and graduation rates but getting the smallest amount of state aid.

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Knox schools offer more incentives to attract substitutes

This week, school officials announced the system will be giving differential pay to substitutes who are licensed teachers and to teachers who have retired from the school system — which means a substitute could earn up to $164 per day with additional differential pay.

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State considering intervention for Little Rock school district

The Arkansas Board of Education will hold a meeting later this month to consider whether the state should intervene in the Little Rock School District. The district has six schools considered under academic distress.

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Lake schools could face $1.2 million in fines for class size violations

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

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Officials work to stop sexting, cyberbullying before cell phone ban lifted

City school officials will move to stamp out sexting and cyberbullying before they become a problem under the city’s new policy allowing students to bring cell phones to school. As part of the effort, principals will work with teachers and parents to create customized policies for students’ cell phones in their schools.

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Denver families using school choice pick highest quality schools

While Denver Public Schools has seen high rates of participation in the district’s school choice system, there are still gaps among who participates and where students request to go, according to a new report. Across all segments of the city, families are demanding higher-rated schools, but such schools are unevenly distributed.

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New York school districts scramble to create efficiency plans

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

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