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12/23/2014

12/23/2014

The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year from 52 to 57 and included Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools.

12/23/2014

An Oregon Department of Education hearing discussED revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law. The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes.

12/23/2014

Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that. Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis.

12/23/2014

An agreement between the board of education and Onslow County Board of Commissioners compels school leaders to pursue alternative solutions to enrollment growth before building new schools. The school system is studying reassignment to mitigate years of growth in Jacksonville and Richlands.

12/23/2014

Merging districts with varying millage and earned income tax rates, with varying levels of debt service and varying teacher contracts is a dense soup of calculations. But also looking at the more granular, building-level savings as part of that process would offer a more complete picture.

12/22/2014

12/22/2014

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

12/22/2014

Hundreds of school districts across the nation have been released from court-enforced integration over the past 15 years. And the achievement gap, greatly narrowed during the height of school desegregation, has widened.

12/22/2014

Promethean's ActivPanel, available in four sizes, enables up to 10 unique touches and includes built-in stereo speakers and ActivInspire Professional software.

12/22/2014

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

12/22/2014

An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.

12/22/2014

A report released last week by the Pew Research Center found that the income gap between the country's top 20 percent of earners and the rest of America has grown to its widest point in at least three decades.

12/22/2014

Kentuckuy district has pushed to get fathers, grandfathers and other men into the classroom. Schools are seeing a decline in misbehavior as program helps the district reach kids from "fractured homes."

12/22/2014

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

12/22/2014

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

12/22/2014

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

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