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Uncertainty rules as new Florida school standard tests draw near

Florida school superintendents worry that thousands of children could be ready academically for the spring tests but will lack the computer skills to show what they know. Superintendents and others insist that the complex task of launching an entire new slate of computerized tests has been rushed, and that schools and students are far from ready.

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In Washington, political stand puts schools in a bind

Nearly nine in 10 Washington public schools, including some high-achieving campuses in the state’s most moneyed communities, have been relegated as failing schools under federal education law, requiring them to set aside 20 percent of their federal funding for private tutoring or to transport students to schools not on the failing list, if parents wish.

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Indiana district sells naming rights to buildings

Despite criticism that the proceeds aren't enough to warrant the deals, the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. district is selling naming rights to some of its facilities to raise money. The money will be used to help buy iPads, train teachers and cover other costs.

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Wisconsin communities address school weapon loophole

When state legislators passed Wisconsin Act 35 — the concealed carry weapons law — they made it illegal for off-duty police officers to have weapons on school grounds. Now some Fox Cities schools are entering into agreements with local police departments to close what they see as a loophole.

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After protests over history curriculum, Colo. district board compromises

In Jefferson County, after two weeks of student protests, the original language about patriotism was dropped from a proposal to change the district's AP History course curriculum. The school board stripped the most controversial language and then passed the resolution, which still creates a committee to review course materials.

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N.J. university receives funding to train future Newark teachers

Montclair State will be getting $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, which is aimed at training STEM teachers to work in Newark public schools. Masters students receive tuition, fees, and a living stipend from the grant money, and preferential advancement from Newark Public Schools in the hiring process.

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U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low

More U.S. high school students are staying in school as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year, according to the US Census Bureau. Just 7 percent of 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school. Although Hispanics still have the highest dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups, it reached a record-low of 14 percent in 2013, compared with 32 percent in 2000.

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Settlement reached in anti-Sharia lawsuit involving a Tennessee district

A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit filed against Knox County Schools after a meeting of a group that warns against the advancement of Islamic law was approved but then rejected when publicity about the April event arose.

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Board ponders new Indiana school ‘A-F’ grades

Indiana education leaders moved closer to a new system for grading the state’s schools. The most noticeable change will be a shift away from a 4.0, GPA-style grading scale to a 100-point grading scale in determining what letter grade a school receives.

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San Francisco gets multi-million grant to support students exposed to violence and trauma

San Francisco USD has been awarded $2.8 million over the next five years to provide targeted services to address the needs of students exposed to violence. The Project Prevent grant award from the US Department of Education will support an integrated school-based violence intervention and prevention program at the district's schools in the Bayview Zone.

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