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Philadelphia school teachers upset after losing contract

Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums. District leaders have said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools.

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Las Vegas schools overwhelmed by number of students

Schools in the suddenly robust Las Vegas community are so packed that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. But the growth, if a welcome sign of economic vitality, is overwhelming the district. Teachers are scrambling to educate students without the classrooms they need and with no prospect of new ones being built any time soon.

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Federal grant to beef up North Dakota school emergency plans

Dozens of North Dakota school districts might benefit from a one-time federal grant intended to help them plan for emergencies. The state Department of Public Instruction has been awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to help rural districts review, revise or develop emergency operations plans.

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Montana gets $12.5 million in public school grants

The Montana Office of Public Instruction has received three grants totaling more than $12.5 million to improve school climate and school safety and support the mental and emotional health of Montana students.

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Judge requested to weigh in on teacher evaluation dispute in Baltimore

The Baltimore school system is asking a judge to settle a dispute with the union over changes to teacher evaluations. The Baltimore Teachers Union in June filed a class action grievance against the school system over changes to the evaluation system that affect teacher ratings and pay.

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School board turns down proposed merger to become Wis. largest high school

West Bend could’ve been home to the state’s largest high school, but the community and the school board have voted against the proposal. For about 45 years, West Bend East and West Bend West high schools have operated separately out of the same building.

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Philadelphia schools cancel teachers union contract

In a surprise move, the commission that governs the financially troubled Philadelphia public school system canceled the teachers union contract and decided educators must contribute to their health insurance for the first time to free up money for classrooms.

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When anxiety hits at school

About 8 percent of today’s American teens suffer from some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. As the number of teens who suffer from anxiety disorders continues to grow, mental-health care is increasingly part of school nurses' job descriptions.

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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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