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7/9/2015

7/9/2015

Like capital appreciation bonds, leaseback deals avoid big outlays for new schools in the short run, responding to an era when state school bond money has dried up and voters are leery about approving new local bonds. But their long-term costs are much higher.

7/9/2015

Thanks to the unsettled business of a state budget, some 38 multi-track year-round schools in Wake County just opened with no certainty about how many teacher assistants they will have. School districts all over the state are waiting to see whether the Senate’s budget plan will cut teaching assistants.

7/9/2015

Relay Graduate School of Education had planned to open at the University of Memphis, but that avenue closed after faculty at the university objected. The graduate school has yet to establish a partnership with any particular charter network or district to work with its teachers. Relay focuses on hands-on practice and only enrolls teachers who already work full time in schools.

7/9/2015

The Mississippi Department of Education has recently been watching Tunica County Schools after an audit found the district to be in violation of 25 out of 31 accreditation standards from special education to child nutrition.

7/9/2015

The U.S. House will try again this week to pass a Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law, with party leaders seeking to gain support from conservative members who balked earlier this year.

7/9/2015

The Kentucky Board of Education will consider whether to take over the Menifee County school district, becoming only the second district to be managed by the state department. The district has already been under state assistance since December 2014.

7/9/2015

Lawsuits have at times been disruptive and costly. But the Legislature, which has long been too deferential to the wishes of the California Teachers Association, has repeatedly failed to make sensible changes that would benefit students while remaining fair to teachers. It may take more court edicts for that to happen.

7/8/2015

7/8/2015

Fourteen states require a student be allowed to fulfill a math, science or foreign language credit for high school graduation by completing a computer science course. However, each state’s policy varies.

7/8/2015

Pointing to choices made by parents, a state judge has ruled that a Southeast Florida school district cannot require a charter school to provide bus transportation to students. The case focused, in part, on a state law that effectively requires districts to provide bus transportation to students who live two miles or more from school.

7/8/2015

Decisions about cuts to military personnel at places such as Fort Drum, and the multibillion-dollar economic consequences that come with them, may hinge on local school quality, a new report suggests.

7/8/2015

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is introducing legislation that would require school employees who have unsupervised access to students to undergo background checks - which includes substitute teachers, coaches, classroom aides, and bus drivers who are not already subject to background checks in 12 states.

7/8/2015

Mayor Frank Jackson and the city's education leaders have adjusted their main priority for the the city's school improvement plan. Putting aside the original focus on having quality schools for 34,000 kids by 2018, they have chosen instead to prioritize really good schools for a much smaller number of 10,700 students.

7/8/2015

A counselor in the Rochester School District hopes to start an all-boys charter high school with an Afro-centric curriculum. The JABEA Boys Academy Charter School would be an all-boys school for grades 7-12, holding classes six days a week and place particular emphasis on "self-identity" and career-focused education.

7/8/2015

Masschusetts' new method for calculating the number of low-income student populations by using direct certification from federal and state assistance programs paints a different picture of poverty in some cities that can be misleading.

7/8/2015

If we are really concerned about meaningful productivity and student achievement in schools, we should carefully analyze K12 curriculum offerings to ensure that all students have curriculum choices that teach them skills for the working world rather than dictating 180 separate days of school instruction in West Virginia.

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