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Counting school by the hours in Iowa

Nearly 90 percent of schools of Iowa’s 338 school districts are making a change to an hours-based school year. Those school districts will now be in session for 1,080 hours instead of the standard 180 days.

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Will Ohio eliminate requirement for art, music and gym teachers?

A divided committee of the Ohio Board of Education recommended doing away with staffing requirements for elementary schools. Critics argue that it could lead to the elimination of art, music and physical education classes, along with school nurses, librarians and counselors.

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School advocates sue Pennsylvania over funding

Public school advocates sued top state officials, alleging that an irrational system of distributing state subsidies is creating academic inequities and depriving many students. The lawsuit says the state has established strict academic standards but failed to provide equal resources for students who must meet them.

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Lawsuit claims Colorado Springs school limits student's constitutional rights

A dispute over what constitutes "free time" at Colorado's Pine Creek High School and whether students can pray during that time has led to a federal civil rights lawsuit.

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School cafeteria lunches may be healthier than lunch at home, study says

New federal guidelines have led to school cafeterias serving healthier lunches than those packed by their parents, according to a new Virginia Tech study on pre-K and kindergarten students' packed and school lunches in rural Virginia.

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Nearly 40 recovery schools eligible to return to local control

Three dozen Recovery School District (RSD) charter schools are eligible to return to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board next academic year — more than double the number eligible this time last year. Last year, 17 eligible schools decided not to move to the auspices of the school board, and instead maintained their status under RSD governance.

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Michigan appeals court rejects literacy lawsuit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the state and against the ACLU in its lawsuit on behalf of Highland Park Schools students, alleging inadequate literacy instruction. The court also said students can't sue school districts for failing to comply with statutory requirements related to education.

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Spanish-language immersion schools gain in popularity

A growing number of families nationwide are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. There are over 1,000 language immersion schools in the country.

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9 in 10 Iowa schools moved to hours-based calendar

Given the choice for the first time, the vast majority of Iowa school districts are now counting the school year in hours, not days.

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With deal, staff at 2 struggling schools in Brooklyn must reapply for jobs

The de Blasio administration said on Friday that it would require the entire staff at two of New York City’s lowest performing schools to reapply for their jobs next year, the result of a deal with the teachers’ and principals’ union that came just before a state deadline.

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