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Schools, Hispanic parents and communities connecting through mariachi

Chicago joins dozens of schools districts nationwide in cities like Las Vegas, San Antonio and Tucson that teach students how to sing and play mariachi music.Richard Edwards Elementary School, a largely Hispanic arts magnet school in Chicago, is one of five Chicago schools that the nonprofit Mariachi Heritage Foundation debuted in this fall.

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Fewer charter schools opened in Ohio in 2014

Only 11 new charter schools opened this school year in the entire state. The slowed growth this school year signals greater caution after a particularly tumultuous year for charters. More charter schools closed last school year in Columbus alone than opened this school year statewide.

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State offers nutrition education grants

The Idaho Department of Education is offering grants for schools to implement a hands-on educational garden program. Grants can be used to start a garden program that enhances nutrition education, classroom curriculum, and increases the understanding and awareness of foods and nutrition.

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R.I. charter schools, swamped with applications, ask permission to expand

Five charter schools are asking to add more than 900 seats in response to the continuing demand for school choice. Although charter school enrollment has become a growing presence in Rhode Island, it remains a fraction of the state’s 140,000 students with about 7,000 enrolled students.

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Idaho's school supplemental levy bill drops slightly

Idaho school districts are collecting more than $180 million in voter-approved supplemental levies in 2014-15. This represents almost a 4 percent decrease from 2013-14 mainly due to reduced levies in three of the state’s largest districts.

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Utah’s school grades show link between demographics and performance

An analysis of school grades and PACE reports shows a general connection between high-diversity and low-income school populations and lower school grades. Critics of Utah’s newest system of school grades argue that they reinforce Census tract or ZIP code data: Higher-income, less diverse schools get better marks.

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Tucson schools violate law with ethnic studies, state accuses

Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is claiming Tucson USD is violating state law by continuing to teach ethnic-studies classes. He threatened to withhold 10 percent of the district's funding unless the district provides his former office with more information about the curriculum.

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Iowa's school bus inspection problems persist

The number of Iowa school buses flagged repeatedly by state inspectors as unsafe to transport children has nearly doubled in the two and a half years since a Des Moines Register investigation called attention to what safety regulators described as a systemic statewide problem.

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School-age children living in poverty more common across Oregon

In 2007, before the recession hit, Oregon didn't have a single school district in which 30 percent of students lived in poverty. But in 2013, nine large and medium-size districts had poverty rates that high, or higher, among school-age children, a new report from the Census Bureau shows.

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ACLU sues to allow gay club in Indiana school

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against an Indiana school district seeking to force it to recognize a club for GLBT students and those who support them. The lawsuit contends the North Putnam Community School Corp. is violating the First Amendment rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the students who are now members.

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