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Cleveland Plan shifts focus from good schools for most kids is great schools for some

Mayor Frank Jackson and the city's education leaders have adjusted their main priority for the the city's school improvement plan. Putting aside the original focus on having quality schools for 34,000 kids by 2018, they have chosen instead to prioritize really good schools for a much smaller number of 10,700 students.

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Afro-centric boys charter school proposed in N.Y. district

A counselor in the Rochester School District hopes to start an all-boys charter high school with an Afro-centric curriculum. The JABEA Boys Academy Charter School would be an all-boys school for grades 7-12, holding classes six days a week and place particular emphasis on "self-identity" and career-focused education.

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Hispanics demand action as Senate reworks No Child Left Behind

There is a push by 39 prominent Hispanic advocacy groups to lawmakers to retain federal control or penalties of No Child Left Behind to protect English language learners and other disadvantaged students.

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Charter school not required to bus students, judge says

Pointing to choices made by parents, a state judge has ruled that a Southeast Florida school district cannot require a charter school to provide bus transportation to students. The case focused, in part, on a state law that effectively requires districts to provide bus transportation to students who live two miles or more from school.

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Study suggests school quality may affect potential military cuts

Decisions about cuts to military personnel at places such as Fort Drum, and the multibillion-dollar economic consequences that come with them, may hinge on local school quality, a new report suggests.

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Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills to speed school finance warnings

A package of eight bills designed to give Michigan school districts help more quickly if the state determines they are at risk of a financial emergency has been signed by the governor. One raises the cap on emergency loans to municipalities.

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Wichita school district again opts out of free-meals program

In Topeka, which uses the program, many didn’t fill out an alternate form that’s needed to secure state funding for serving at-risk students. The Topeka district may have lost about $330,000 in state aid last school year as a result.

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La. public school districts getting more control over books

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.

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Fewer New York City students must go to school this summer

Fewer students in the city's public schools have been required to attend summer school this year than in the past several years, according to data from the city’s Education Department. It also shows a lower percentage of students have been held back a grade since Bill de Blasio became mayor in 2014.

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To fight cyberbullying, Calif. school makes students online hall monitors

Pasadena High is trying something different. The school is placing some responsibility for policing online bullying on its students. The students are learning to confront bullies, responding to put-downs with positive posts, or distracting their friends with real-world activities so they don’t become bullies online.

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