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Michigan charter school law gets failing grade

Michigan has one of the worst ratings in an analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools' academic performance. According to a National Association of Charter School Authorizers report, Michigan received only three out of 27 points.

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Minnesota high school league approves transgender policy

The Minnesota State High School League board has approved a new policy for transgender students that will begin with the 2015-2016 school year. Criteria for determining eligibility of transgender students for high school sports would be applied in the appeal process. Religious schools would be exempt.

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Michigan educators warn of bullying on 'After School' app

Officials from at least three Michigan school districts are warning parents of an app that's turned some of their students into victims of cyberbullying. After School — Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments — is a free anonymous and private message board app.

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Charter schools in Delaware driving resegregation, says ACLU

Delaware's charter school system is resegregating the state's public schools with those serving minority students vastly under-performing those serving more affluent white students, the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Schools now buying more Chromebooks than iPads

Google's Chromebooks have officially unseated iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to schools in the U.S., according to the Financial Times, which cited figures from IDC. In the third quarter of 2014, Google shipped 715,500 of its Web-based laptops into U.S. schools, compared to 702,000 iPads.

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N.J. high school graduation rate inches higher

The state's high school graduation rate rose about one percentage point in 2014 to 88.6 percent, according to the Department of Education. But data from individual schools show that some students, especially in urban and low-income districts, are remaining in high school for a fifth year to graduate.

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Army base growth may depend on local school performance

For the first time, the U.S. Army is using public school quality as a determining factor in where to station soldiers and their families, as the military further prepares for downsizing.

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Gov. Christie signs bills to expand N.J. vocational education

Five bills were signed that are intended to expand vocational education in New Jersey, including requiring public colleges to set up partnerships with high schools for college-level vocational courses.

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Chicago gives schools new ratings to judge success and trouble

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled new school performance ratings. Under the system, most of the district's 664 schools have been put into one of five levels, two more than used previously.

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Controversial Illinois state rule overturned, allowing foreign players to compete

A controversial Illinois High School Association regulation that was passed to force out a group of Sudanese teens from competing for their adopted home school was overturned, clearing the way for Mooseheart to feature South Sudanese and Congolese students who arrived in the town after fleeing their war-torn homelands.

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