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New school year for Hawaii public school students

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HONOLULU (AP) - It's back to school for most of Hawaii's public school students.

The new school year for students begins Monday. Teachers headed back to the classroom last week.

Hawaii is the nation's 10th largest school system and the only statewide district in the country.

The school year starts a week after the U.S. Department of Education cleared Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top grant from "high-risk" status. Hawaii is using the money to transform the school system and improve struggling schools.

State education officials are using the new school year to announce a collegiate-style learning academy redesign at Farrington High School. The school is now structured with smaller learning communities, with academies focusing on areas including law, sports industry and business.

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