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Groups push for climate science in classrooms

A coalition of climate and science groups has launched a petition, dubbed the Climate Science Bill of Rights, to urge local governments to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and teach climate change science in grades 8-12.

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Arizona schools win $1.6 billion in court fight with state

Arizona's public schools are due an additional $317 million in funding for the coming budget year, a court has ruled. The decision could cost the state an extra $1.6 billion over the next five years.

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FCC approves $2 billion boost for Wi-Fi in schools

The move will phase out E-rate funding for old technologies like pagers and dial-up phone service in order to subsidize broadband and wireless Internet connections in classrooms and libraries.

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11 area districts join new virtual school

A new public school drawing students from across the region, and the state, opens next month. The academy, referred to as TECCA, is the first new virtual school to be created under a law adopted early last year in Massachusetts to pave the way for more of them across the state.

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New Chicago charter school on hold due to FBI probe

A new charter school in Illinois won’t open as planned next month in a building owned by a politically connected pastor’s church because of a federal investigation involving charter operator Concept Schools.

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Early look at school grades shows up and downs as Florida pivots to a new system

Tampa Bay area schools saw a variety of results in their state grades delivered to districts, with many showing improvement and several dropping a level. Superintendents across Florida have called for a three-year transition period to the new accountability system, with no penalties assessed during that period.

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Group analyzes Minnesota city's school suspensions

A Saint Paul School District group, Solutions in Action, was formed to look at why black students are suspended more than others. The answers as to "why" ranged from lack of respect for black students, racial tension in the classroom between students and lack of teachers of color.

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High school students can't be charged for college credit courses in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin System cannot charge high school students taking courses offered in their schools for college credit, known as concurrent enrollment classes, the state’s attorney general says.

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Grants being offered to Ky. schools that raise compulsory education age

The Kentucky Department of Education will be making grants available to school districts to create programs to identify, intervene and prevent students from dropping out of school. Fifty-three schools have raised the compulsory school age from 16 to 18, which means, by law students are required to be in school until the age of 18.

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Audit shows one-third of New York's schools were overcrowded in 2012

One-third of New York City's 1,500 public schools were filled beyond capacity. In addition, enrollment at a third of the city’s elementary schools registered at least 138 percent of capacity that year, according to a new audit by city Controller Scott Stringer. The education department assigned staff to ease overcrowding, but failed to do their job.

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