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New York City school superintendents must reapply for jobs

Forty-one New York City superintendents will have to reapply for their jobs this year under a new policy by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Senior Department of Education officials said they expected most who reapply to be rehired after a selection process that includes interviews, essays and references.

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New York district's schools going "9-5" with state grant

As part of a $4,104,000 Extended Learning Time grant from the New York State Department of Education, the Utica City School District will extend the school day for several area schools starting in September to enhance academics and increase test scores.

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Conn. law to combat fatal heart attacks among high school athletes

Connecticut lawmakers recently passed a new law aimed at preventing the deaths of teenage athletes who may have undiagnosed and potentially fatal heart ailments. It will set new training standards for high school coaches, and require parents of student athletes to be educated about the risks to their children.

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Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter authorizers

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will be exercising his statutory authority to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

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Maryland county's parents, officials divided over cell phone towers

Prince George’s County school officials and residents are divided over whether cell phone towers should be built on school grounds. The county is currently considering a plan for towers on nine sites to be built by Milestone Communications.

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New Orleans school rebuilding plan faces financial shortfall

Almost four years after receiving a $1.8 billion FEMA settlement to reconstruct public schools damaged in Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has completed 11 new schools and renovated seven more, of a planned 82. A Louisiana report confirms, however, that the city's two school systems do not have enough money to complete the plan.

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Wyoming legislators say impeachment unlikely for embattled schools chief

A 100-page report released last week chronicles misspending and intimidating leadership at the Wyoming Department of Education and could lay the groundwork for state Superintendent Cindy Hill's removal from office.

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Schools rewiring to close digital gap

The thousands of miles of wiring frantically being strung throughout America's schools this summer may look like everyday Internet cables. They're actually lifelines of high-speed learning. 

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Union wins $15 minimum wage for L.A. schools' service workers

A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it's not the teachers union.

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Florida districts differ on offering free meals to all at low-income schools

The federal government is now serving up a new way of providing free meals at schools with high concentrations of needy students that eliminates the tedious application process and removes the stigma some students may feel when going through the lunch line.

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