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Principals to assume more authority under Louisiana district overhaul

A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.

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Wisconsin school libraries to receive $30.2 million

Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.

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Philadelphia district to undergo state audit

The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.

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Tennessee approves school vouchers, rollout in question

The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.

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Penn. district proposes new career-focused high school

Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.

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Calif. city's district to expand access to after-school programs

The San Francisco USD's board approved a resolution committing to increase access to after-school programs for its 26,005 K5 students. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.

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Louisiana school voucher assignments delayed 10 days due to court order

The order outlines information that the state must provide for the Justice Department to monitor the voucher program, which the federal government contends might have worsened public school segregation. Data on applicants and the private schools they are to attend must be provided 10 days before alerting families and schools.

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Cleveland find $15 milion to reduce cuts planned for next school year

The city's schools will have their budgets cut by $5.2 million next year, instead of the previously predicted $21 million. The extra $15 million the administration is able to give schools comes from higher-than-expected property tax collections, and more than $10 million in savings in this year’s budget.

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Chicago finds an extra $70 million for school budgets

While the city's public school officials continue to say there will be a budget crisis until pension reform is achieved, the district said cost-cutting and a one-time accounting maneuver will provide an additional $70 million for school budgets in the coming year.

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School budget proposal clears hurdle in Colorado

A $500 million package cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature. The two bills awaiting a final vote aim to use the improving tax collections to backfill K12 budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charters more funding and help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

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