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Staff at New York City’s two worst schools not returning

Most of the teachers at the city's two lowest-performing high schools have left or been fired, according to data released by the Department of Education. The principals of both schools were the only two allowed to re-hire their entire staffs under a deal between the city, the U.F.T. and the city's principals' union.

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Baltimore to debut all-girls school

The city is set to open a new all girls' middle school next month. The Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School will be the first program of its type connected to an already successful city private school.

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Hillsborough officials vow to cut suspensions to keep kids in school and out of jail

From the list of zero-tolerance offenses to the length of time kids are kept out of school, the Florida county's students can expect dramatic changes in discipline this fall as part of a district task force's proposed reforms.

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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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