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3/27/2015

3/27/2015

In a move meant to address inequities in staffing and stall the county board's reliance on its fund reserves to cover operating costs, the Jefferson County Board of Education approved a financial recovery plan that will lay off more than 160 positions and switch many employees on 12-month contracts to 10-month contracts.

3/27/2015

The state Legislature’s education committee will vote on a bill prohibiting out-of-school suspensions or expulsions for students in preschool through the second grade. The issue has sparked debate between advocates who say the disciplinary measures are ineffective, and some superintendents who say schools need to be able to remove potentially violent students.

3/27/2015

The Texas bill would create a $100 million private school tuition program that would let lower-income students attend private or religious schools. Funding would come through donations by businesses, who would in turn receive credits on their state business taxes.

3/27/2015

One third of the 30 New Orleans public school principals in a new study admitted that they tried to choose the best students for admission, despite most charter schools professing to enroll all applicants. Of those 10 schools, eight had no official entrance requirements and were supposed to admit all.

3/26/2015

3/26/2015

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

3/26/2015

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

3/26/2015

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

3/26/2015

Texthelp launched Teach for Google, a comprehensive professional development solution that offers a library of short courses with instructional videos, strategy overviews, templates, checklists and more through Google Apps for Education.

3/26/2015

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, America’s second largest public pension fund, expanded their relationship with the implementation of Software AG’s zIIP Enabler for Natural. The transaction platform takes advantage of IBM’s specialty processors to lower the total cost of ownership of operating a mainframe.

3/26/2015

This is a moment of rare opportunity in Ohio politics when everyone agrees that Ohio's charter schools need fixing. Checkbook-level detail should be available under Ohio's open records law to track the expenditure of public funds by charter schools, just as it is for public schools.

3/26/2015

Eliminating over 100 Minneapolis Public Schools administrative positions is a sensible move that will direct resources to schools and classrooms. If the district can do without that many full-time central office employees, questions need to be asked about how those jobs contribute to the district’s mission and why they were not re-evaluated earlier.

3/26/2015

Schools sharing their tax base with tax-increment financing (TIF) districts experience slower revenue growth and higher tax rates than those school districts unencumbered by TIF districts. TIF's impact is mediated by tax caps, transfers of TIF funds between government agencies and each state's equalization formula.

3/26/2015

The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would pause state spending on new school debt. State reimbursement for school bonds authorized between January 2015 and July 2020 would stop.

3/26/2015

The Cleveland school board is expected to approve new funding for the school construction watchdog panel. One of the biggest changes proposed will be that Bond Accountability Commission members will serve for two-year terms rather than being permanently appointed to their positions.

3/26/2015

An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.

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