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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality

With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced, qualified teachers, the Obama administration announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.

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N.J. district voters approve $16 million bond for school improvements

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

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Pa. school district to collect contraband in 'amnesty boxes'

High school student welded four large metal containers known as "amnesty boxes" that will be placed in four high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The boxes would give students opportunities to rid themselves of contraband and avoid arrest before they reach their school's metal detector.

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Texas’ Permanent School Fund hits record $37.7 billion

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

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Focus on concussions transforms high school football in Minnesota

Hundreds of players have been pulled from games and practices, game rules have changed and parents have been involved more fully in what their teenage players are experiencing, a reporting project found. More than 100 districts were asked about their head injury policies, their budgets and other matters related to high school football. The project found rapid change in recent years.

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Last-minute grant allows Michigan district to make payroll

The Flint School District might not have been able to pay all its employees Friday if not for a last-minute grant. No other specifics were given about the grant or how much it was for. The district is in the midst of a $20.4-million deficit and was hampered by the fact that Michigan schools don't get payments from the state in September.

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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

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New school evaluations will lower test scores’ influence

New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school.

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Teacher 'sick-outs' stop classes at two protest-hit Colorado schools

Teachers calling in absent forced the cancellation of classes at two Colorado high schools on Monday in a new twist to a dispute over pay and proposed changes to a history curriculum. Students walked out of nearly all the Jefferson County's 17 high schools last week in demonstration against the curriculum change idea being floated by a conservative school board majority.

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Solar panels to be put on 24 New York City schools

Solar panels are slated to be installed on the roofs of two dozen city schools as part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions citywide by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. The $28 million investment — including $23 million in city funds and $5 million in state grants — will triple the amount of solar installations on city-owned buildings.

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