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N.J. university receives funding to train future Newark teachers

Montclair State will be getting $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, which is aimed at training STEM teachers to work in Newark public schools. Masters students receive tuition, fees, and a living stipend from the grant money, and preferential advancement from Newark Public Schools in the hiring process.

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U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low

More U.S. high school students are staying in school as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year, according to the US Census Bureau. Just 7 percent of 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school. Although Hispanics still have the highest dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups, it reached a record-low of 14 percent in 2013, compared with 32 percent in 2000.

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Settlement reached in anti-Sharia lawsuit involving a Tennessee district

A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit filed against Knox County Schools after a meeting of a group that warns against the advancement of Islamic law was approved but then rejected when publicity about the April event arose.

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Board ponders new Indiana school ‘A-F’ grades

Indiana education leaders moved closer to a new system for grading the state’s schools. The most noticeable change will be a shift away from a 4.0, GPA-style grading scale to a 100-point grading scale in determining what letter grade a school receives.

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San Francisco gets multi-million grant to support students exposed to violence and trauma

San Francisco USD has been awarded $2.8 million over the next five years to provide targeted services to address the needs of students exposed to violence. The Project Prevent grant award from the US Department of Education will support an integrated school-based violence intervention and prevention program at the district's schools in the Bayview Zone.

Chicago public school grads can qualify for new college scholarships

Qualified graduates of Chicago's public high schools will be eligible for a free ride at one of the city's seven community colleges under a new scholarship program. The Chicago Star Scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, fees and books for graduates who have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and are academically ready for college-level math and English courses.

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North Carolina high schools make change to 10-point grading scale

After examining the state's 7-point grading scale, North Carolina's Board of Education approved the switch to the 10-point grading scale. The move has been pushed by the state’s largest school districts as a way to simplify the system and level the playing field in college applications.

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Parents to receive 'quality snapshots' of New York City schools under new evaluation plan

New York City's current A-through-F system will be replaced by report cards with "quality snapshots" for families and "quality guides" geared toward school leaders and administrators. The guides will have more comprehensive data and analysis, and both will include feedback from parents, students and teachers using the annual NYC School Survey.

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South Dakota district braces for possible school calendar cange

Sioux Falls public school officials are starting to prepare for a spring vote that could force a later start date for students. The proposed changes would change the first day of classes back to the first Tuesday after Labor Day instead of starting in August.

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Organization hopes to halt Bible classes in N.C. school system

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked for Bible classes to immediately stop in elementary schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation said they received a complaint from a parent who said the Bible was being taught at Woodleaf Elementary and other schools as fact.

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