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Boston school chief to prioritize narrowing achievement gap

Within his first 100 days, Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang says he wants to create a plan to expand Advanced Work classes — an accelerated academic program that provides students with more work in school and at home.

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Charter schools replace students, but do so less after third grade

New York City charter school seats that open up in older grades sometimes go unfilled, according to new data from the Independent Budget Office. The report reaffirms that the city's charter schools still lag behind district schools in serving both English language learners and students with disabilities, although they continue to serve larger shares of black and Hispanic students.

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Alabama charter school laws focus of upcoming NAACP forum

The NAACP's Mobile branch will hold its first of three planned discussions on Alabama's new charter school laws, focusing on the laws' potential impacts on a variety of topics, including school re-segregation, poverty, low- and high-achieving students, the right to public education and more.

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Florida school tax-credit program's impact debated

Advocates of Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship Program are fighting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the program that provides private-school scholarships to students from low-income families. If the program were to shut down, some 70,000 students could enter public schools, creating financial and logistical problems, the program's backers argue.

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Community still split on city school police

At a public forum that will help shape the future of the school district's police department, principals, education advocates, parents and police supporters were divided on whether stationing armed officers in Baltimore schools would be in the best interest of students.

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School nutritionists look for kid-friendly solutions to school lunch law

Thousands of school nutritionists gathered in Salt Lake City this week to find innovative solutions that could help them provide meals that are both nutritious and tasty for students. The convention featured new solutions for school lunch programs, ranging from food samples to kitchen gadgets to boost safety and efficiency.

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Students being tested more than half the year

Officials at a Florida middle school used a large color-coded magnetic board to plot all the days students spent testing. The startling conclusion: 91 days of the 180 days in the school year were dedicated in part or in full to state standardized tests and district-required exams. It does not include chapter or unit tests written by teachers.

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Ohio districts targeted for federal teen pregnancy prevention grant

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has received a five-year $4.8 million federal grant to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs in seven local school districts and an LGBT community center. The districts were chosen because they have teen birth rates higher than 30 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 years old.

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Mississippi district held in contempt over school prayer

A federal judge says the Rankin County school district is in contempt of court for continuing to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. They were again ordered to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

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What will school autonomy mean for Indianapolis Public Schools?

The city's school system could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools. An autonomy plan isn’t expected to be presented to the school board until this fall. But the fact that the board is insistent that it will happen could mean big changes for the district.

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