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5/15/2015

5/15/2015

House leaders threw in the towel on efforts to fix the state’s troubled school finance system with time running out in the legislative session and a lack of interest in the Senate in addressing the problem.

5/15/2015

Recently proposed reforms to Ohio's charter schools would require each online school to keep an accurate record of the number of hours each student is actively participating in learning opportunities. Online school officials say tracking students every hour would be nearly impossible.

5/15/2015

Lawrence County Superintendent Heath Grimes has been hired for the top leadership position for Alabama's Russellville City Schools. He has served in his current position since 2009.

5/15/2015

Despite the fact that some people are put off by the significant attention paid to recruiting, sports play a large role in American culture. A high school athlete getting recruited to play at any level of college is at least newsworthy to the alumni and local community.

5/15/2015

Vermont House and Senate negotiators have the framework of a deal in place on education reform. The bill encourages school districts to consolidate to expand student offerings and to try to save taxpayer money.

5/15/2015

Gov. Larry Hogan has decided to take $68 million that lawmakers set aside for schools and use it to shore up the state's pension system instead — disappointing school officials in Baltimore and other large districts around the state.

5/14/2015

5/14/2015

The Texas school district has allocated $283.6 million of the total for new construction. The main growth projects in the bond include its fifth high school, 10th intermediate school, a new elementary school and an early childhood education center.

5/14/2015

A successful career does not a great teacher make, and it’s reasonable to require professional development work for those without traditional college qualifications. But rather than ruling them categorically unqualified, if they can’t cut it as teachers, allow them to be fired, as would happen in any other profession.

5/14/2015

Changes for Detroit Public Schools include a new K12 International Baccalaureate program, a high school program expansion, and a new honors “school-within-a-school,” among other programs.

5/14/2015

State lawmakers say they have heard the opposition against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut state funding for public schools by $150 a student. And they plan to put the money back in the budget through two different channels of funding.

5/14/2015

The Pennsylvania school district is considering outsourcing its health services as a way to expand medical services—a move that might mean privatizing jobs held by unionized school nurses.

5/14/2015

Pulaski County Special School District voters defeated a proposed 5.6-mill property-tax increase to finance a $221 million school construction plan and help end federal court supervision of the district's desegregation efforts.

5/14/2015

The State Board of Education agreed to implement a survey that asks students about drug use, sexual habits, and other health issues, ending months of controversy that centered on the voluntary nature of the biennial questionnaire.

5/14/2015

The Assembly Education Committee rejected Republican legislation that would have repealed a highly controversial limit on local school district budget reserves that was enacted last year.

5/14/2015

The state’s Supreme Court justices said the state doesn’t give districts enough funding to cover the true cost of a basic public education. This includes teacher salaries, which are now funded about 80 percent by the state and 20 percent from local levy funds. This had led to a disparity in teacher wages across the state.

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