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Louisiana has second-strongest charter school initiative in the U.S.

Louisiana's charter schools ranked as the second-strongest among 26 states in a report released by the National Association of Public Charter Schools. Washington, D.C. scored the highest, and Michigan was a close third.

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Minnesota identifies 155 struggling schools in high-poverty areas

Minnesota's struggling schools are becoming more concentrated in the Twin Cities, according to the state's accountability data. Under a measure that combines test scores, graduation rates, student academic growth and the achievement gap between white students and students of color, Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an increase in the number of schools with low rankings.

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Arizona teacher shortage forces schools to go international

Low pay and tough new expectations for teachers have led to a shortage of qualified people willing to take jobs in Arizona's classrooms. With few resumes being submitted, some school districts are turning to hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines.

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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality

With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced, qualified teachers, the Obama administration announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.

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N.J. district voters approve $16 million bond for school improvements

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

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Pa. school district to collect contraband in 'amnesty boxes'

High school student welded four large metal containers known as "amnesty boxes" that will be placed in four high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The boxes would give students opportunities to rid themselves of contraband and avoid arrest before they reach their school's metal detector.

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Texas’ Permanent School Fund hits record $37.7 billion

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

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Focus on concussions transforms high school football in Minnesota

Hundreds of players have been pulled from games and practices, game rules have changed and parents have been involved more fully in what their teenage players are experiencing, a reporting project found. More than 100 districts were asked about their head injury policies, their budgets and other matters related to high school football. The project found rapid change in recent years.

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Last-minute grant allows Michigan district to make payroll

The Flint School District might not have been able to pay all its employees Friday if not for a last-minute grant. No other specifics were given about the grant or how much it was for. The district is in the midst of a $20.4-million deficit and was hampered by the fact that Michigan schools don't get payments from the state in September.

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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

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