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6/12/2015

6/12/2015

Public school advocates across Wisconsin are ramping up their opposition to a slate of GOP-led K12 fiscal and policy changes in the state budget proposal, including teaching licensing requirements, lower district funding and expanding independent charter schools.

6/12/2015

A federal bill could require all schools and districts that receive funding from the federal government to pass policies prohibiting bullying and harassment and report data on bullying and harassment incidents to the U.S. Department of Education.

6/12/2015

A state audit shows a York City charter school double billed students, didn't have enough certified staff and failed to keep proper financial and health records. The record keeping at Helen Thackston Charter School was so deficient it was that it was not clear how the institution functioned and spent money, the auditor said.

6/12/2015

After months of searching, the Tallassee Board of Education picked Wade Shipman, a longtime educator and superintendent from Fayette County, as the Alabama district's new superintendent. He will replace Kenneth Varner, who is the new superintendent for Brewton City Schools.

6/12/2015

A group of education organizations are behind a bill calling for a three-year moratorium on the implementation of PARCC and to remove the “high stakes” nature of the existing MCAS tests. During that time, the bill would establish a task force to examine the effect of high-stakes testing in schools.

6/12/2015

The Elba Central School District is appointing Keith Palmer as the district’s next superintendent. He is currently principal of the Pembroke Central High School where he has served since 2003.

6/12/2015

With partial funding for charter schools coming from their students' local district, that has set up a taxation-without-representation dynamic where the districts collect the money without any say in how it's spent by charters. We shouldn't undermine public schools' locally elected leadership system in the hope something better will emerge to manage charter school funding.

6/12/2015

Schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana in an effort to gauge the effects of the drug's legalization in Colorado. Schools have been tracking all drug offenses involving students, but marijuana has not been separated on its own.

6/12/2015

Despite strong evidence of the important role families play in student achievement, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind does not include critical improvements that prioritize family engagement.

6/11/2015

6/11/2015

Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, a suburban school district near Baltimore is introducing a new kindergarten curriculum in the fall. Chief among its features is a most old-fashioned concept: play.

6/11/2015

Initial approval was given for a school district bailout that falls short of the request of $103 million that school officials wanted. Increases to property, use and occupancy, and parking taxes will bring the district an extra $70 million in the coming year while $25 million of that will be held in council’s own budget.

6/11/2015

Students living in census tracts where test scores are the lowest will still have priority over neighborhood kids in San Francisco’s school assignment system, the school board decided.

6/11/2015

The state Department of Education plans further investigation of testing irregularities that prompted officials to throw out the standardized mathematics test results of some Farrington Elementary School students.

6/11/2015

The Louisiana district's school board is considering asking voters for a higher property tax to raise as much as $200 million and build as many as 10 schools to replace outdated and overcrowded schools.

6/11/2015

The state's high school exit exam is certainly due for revision. But eliminating it altogether would devalue diplomas and make new graduates less employable.

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