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Maryland city's school budget has board seeing red

A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore officials looking for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and programs. The $31 million deficit in next year's budget is due to a decrease in grant funding, fluctuating financial commitments and a halt to rapid growth in enrollment.

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Nevada county board approves $2.2 billion budget

Clark County's board approved a $2.2 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year that includes money for more teachers, assistant principals, deans, buses, school support staff and full-day kindergarten classrooms. The district expects a $61 million increase in revenue and plans to eliminate $7 million in contracts.

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Dwindling numbers trigger mandatory consolidation for Arkansas district

The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.

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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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