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Florida district to revamp schools in competition for students

The growing number of charter schools — which are attracting more and more students — is prompting the Broward school district to get creative. The district is adding more innovative programs to its ranks to better compete.

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Largest school districts restrain students but do not report

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren't following through with reporting incidences, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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Washington tops nation again in new board-certified teachers

For the second consecutive year, Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year, which nearly doubles last year’s first-place ranking of 516.

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Omaha School District using fingerprint-scan system for lunches

Students at Nebraska's Westside High School are using biometric fingerprinting scanners to purchase their lunches to keep others from using another’s account through a registered verification system. The software was installed to improve student account security, eliminate errors and eliminate student ID cards.

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Teachers go door-knocking in Nashville

Canvassing for potential students — and honing a front-porch pitch — are standard for charter schools. But for traditional public school leaders, it's unfamiliar territory. Still, it may quickly become an expectation as urban districts around the country grapple with destabilization related, at least in part, to the growth of charter schools.

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Michigan charter school law gets failing grade

Michigan has one of the worst ratings in an analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools' academic performance. According to a National Association of Charter School Authorizers report, Michigan received only three out of 27 points.

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Minnesota high school league approves transgender policy

The Minnesota State High School League board has approved a new policy for transgender students that will begin with the 2015-2016 school year. Criteria for determining eligibility of transgender students for high school sports would be applied in the appeal process. Religious schools would be exempt.

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Michigan educators warn of bullying on 'After School' app

Officials from at least three Michigan school districts are warning parents of an app that's turned some of their students into victims of cyberbullying. After School — Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments — is a free anonymous and private message board app.

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Charter schools in Delaware driving resegregation, says ACLU

Delaware's charter school system is resegregating the state's public schools with those serving minority students vastly under-performing those serving more affluent white students, the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Schools now buying more Chromebooks than iPads

Google's Chromebooks have officially unseated iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to schools in the U.S., according to the Financial Times, which cited figures from IDC. In the third quarter of 2014, Google shipped 715,500 of its Web-based laptops into U.S. schools, compared to 702,000 iPads.

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