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Ex-governors ask court to let Washington legislature try again on schools

Five former governors are asking the state Supreme Court to give Washington legislators another chance to reach a deal on school funding before considering whether to slap them with a contempt citation.

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Financial emergency exists in Benton Harbor schools, review team says

If Gov. Rick Snyder declares a financial emergency, Benton Harbor schools can choose between an emergency manager, consent agreement, mediation or bankruptcy, state officials have said.

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Emails lead to data-changing conviction in Ohio

The changes date to at least 2002, when data-center employees were ordered to “break the enrollment” of absentee and low-performing students so that their standardized test scores and attendance records wouldn’t count against Columbus City Schools, a state investigation found.

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North Dakota education funding could soar

The average student count per day could grow by more than 10,000 during the next two years. That could mean approximately $200 million in new spending on per-student funding just to hold even in providing services.

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Small overpayments found in La. voucher program

Auditors looking at state funding to private schools through Louisiana’s $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year, according to information released by the education department.

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Study: More money hasn't helped Philadelphia schools

The fiscally conservative Commonwealth Foundation said its analysis showed that while the district's annual budget had grown by $1 billion since 2002, student achievement has lagged: 80 percent of students cannot read or do math at grade level.

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Indiana awaits word after 5 states get education waiver

The Obama administration announced Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina had received a one-year waiver extension from portions of the No Child Left Behind law. Each of the states "implemented education reforms that go far beyond" the requirements, the Department of Education said.

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Quality fund aims to "transform" 36 schools in Florida district

Over the next two years, new technology will arrive in 36 Duval County schools in the form of faster internet service, laptops for teachers and students, and interactive white boards. The district is paying for the technology and the teachers, but is getting a lot of help from local donors.

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In Nebraska, conservative group eyes push for charter schools

The fight to establish charter schools in Nebraska isn't over, despite the loss of a key advocate in the Nebraska Legislature and opponents' vow to keep the publicly funded, independently run schools out of the state.

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After months of negotiations, S.D. city makes final offer to teachers

The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers’ health insurance premiums.

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