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N.Y. charter school audits reveal $28 million in questionable expenses

New York State charter schools have made more than $28 million in questionable expenditures since 2002. The Center for Popular Democracy’s analysis of previous charter school audits found investigators uncovered probable financial mismanagement in 95 percent of the schools they examined.

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With school funding legal fight over, S.C. looks to reverse downward trends

A group of South Carolina school districts recently won a two-decade legal battle over disparate differences in school funding and quality. Yet, while the case bounced around state courtrooms for 21 years, the gap between the state's urban and rural counties grew in several quality-of-life metrics.

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Former high school athlete files concussion lawsuit

A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players by suing a sports governing body — in this case the Illinois High School Association saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect current players.

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Bill refiled in Florida to allow guns at schools

Guns on school campuses is a controversial idea that Florida legislators will have to consider once again this spring. Rep. Greg Steube has refiled his school safety bill for a third time. House Bill 19 allows a trained school employee to carry a gun on campus.

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New school for Spanish immersion back on track

Sioux Falls public school officials approved the closure of Jefferson Elementary School in order to build a new Spanish immersion elementary school, saying they could reverse the decision if state lawmakers decide to move ahead with a proposed cap on K12 funding.

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Mississippi schools sue state for more money

Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom in the nation for measures like student outcomes and per pupil spending. Now, nearly two dozen school districts think they have a way to break out of that rut: They're suing the state for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.

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Full-day preschool beats part-day for school preparedness

Chicago preschoolers who attended a full-day preschool program rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, including language, math, social development and physical health, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported.

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Trenton district's graduation rate tops 50 percent

For the first time in years, the New Jersey school district is reporting an on-time graduation rate of more than 50 percent for 2014. A total of 52.9 percent of students completed high school within four years, graduating on time in 2014, which district officials attribute to stability and staff.

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Spanish immersion school plans in flux in South Dakota district

The timeline for building a new Spanish immersion school in Sioux Falls might be in jeopardy because of a proposal by state lawmakers to put new limits on K12 capital budgets. Public school capital outlay funds would be capped under the terms of a proposal introduced last week by a legislative committee.

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Charter school enrollment in Oregon hits new high

Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state's many and varied charter schools. Charter school enrollment has nearly doubled in the past five years, from 15,400 in 2008-2009 to 28,600 last year.

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