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Senate votes to expand tax-free accounts for K-12 expenses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Parents could use tax-free savings accounts to pay for students’ school-related expenses including extracurricular activities under legislation that has cleared a divided Michigan Senate. The Republican-led chamber approved the bills 23-14 Tuesday, with Democrats and some Republicans in opposition. The legislation goes to the House for ...

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Public school district rolls out antibullying phone app

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Norwalk Public Schools is adding one more tool to its antibullying arsenal. The district rolled out a mobile app called Anonymous Alerts this month, offering high school and middle school students, parents and school personnel the opportunity to anonymously report bullying, safety concerns, student depression, drug ...

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Collaboration between rock band, Alabama school catching on

LEIGHTON, Ala. (AP) — What started as a simple partnership between the marketing department at Colbert County High School and the rock band Velcro Pygmies has become a program that’s gaining attention elsewhere. The “Reach and Teach” program kicked off at the start of this school year, combining the talents ...

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Nevada church says school ban on religious flyers illegal

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An evangelical Christian church in Nevada says its First Amendment rights are being violated by a rural school district’s ban on promotional flyers the church wants to distribute at a school community program along with other charitable organizations. Lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley sent a ...

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Missouri’s only unaccredited school district gets upgraded

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s only unaccredited public school district won an upgrade Friday following improvement in student achievement and graduation rates. The State Board of Education decided to grant provisional accreditation to the Normandy school system in suburban St. Louis, effective Jan. 2. The school district has been ...

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Proposed graduation requirements in Indiana raise concerns

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Some educators in Indiana have expressed concerns about proposed changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements that the Board of Education is expected to consider next week. The proposal says students would have to complete coursework, demonstrate employability skills through service or work projects ...

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