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3/11/2014

3/11/2014

Louisiana lawmakers introduced bills to drop the new national tests that measure the Common Core math and English standards. The Education Department's decision to postpone testing in the state for one year in November means it is already too late to use the tests in 2015-16.

3/11/2014

Although the total number of suspensions in Rhode Island public schools has declined dramatically, minority students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers, according to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

3/11/2014

For parents in many Massachusetts towns, writing a check for school-bus transportation is routine. But as painful as those bus fees may be, it could be worse: We could be writing checks so that our children can climb on school buses papered with ads.

3/11/2014

Emphasizing that young students who frequently miss school are far more likely to fall behind and commit crimes later in life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and half a dozen lawmakers introduced an anti-truancy bill package.

3/11/2014

Michael Popp, a 24-year veteran of Indian Prairie School District 204, was selected as East Aurora School District’s next superintendent less than two weeks after the board’s first choice reversed his decision to accept the superintendent position.

3/11/2014

Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a 3-year contract to begin July 1. She currently serves in the same role for the Hartford Public Schools district in Connecticut.

3/11/2014

School transportation officials in Boston want to replace yellow school buses with MBTA passes for 4,500 middle-school students. The district spends about $100 million annually on transportation (10 percent of the operating budget). That’s the highest percentage of any urban school district in the nation.

3/11/2014

My decision to opt my kids out might have no real effect at all here in Colorado but, on the other hand, if I support friends in other states in opting their kids out, I might cause teachers to be downgraded and schools to lose funding.

3/11/2014

Harrison School District Two, the recipient of Video Insight's second School Security In-Kind Grant Program, will receive a grant valued at over $20,000 that includes Video Management Software licenses, IP video surveillance cameras and more.

3/11/2014

The first-ever electric school bus, introduced in November, started picking up students in Central California’s Kings Canyon USD with three more to be added soon. The district received a $400,000 contribution to the pilot program from the California Air Resources Board as well as funding from a federal highway program.

3/11/2014

A restructuring plan proposed by superintendent Lori Romano calls for big changes in the way Florida's Hernando County School District is organized and run. The plan includes 18 new district-level positions and numerous changes to job titles and departments.

3/11/2014

The Manatee County's superintendent sent a formal request to the Florida Inspector General’s Office to conduct an investigation into the financial practices and activities of the district’s senior leadership team from 2010 to 2012, alleging that they overspent their budget by more than $38 million over a five year period.

3/11/2014

David Peterson, currently with Washington's North Mason School District, will officially take the helm as Nampa's new superintendent as of July 1.

3/10/2014

3/10/2014

South Dakota has been given the green light from the U.S. Department of Education to field test new state assessments this spring. A waiver, approved earlier this year, will allow schools to take new assessments in math and language arts in lieu of the Dakota STEP test, the previous assessment.

3/10/2014

Staff Development for Educators' seminar on Early Numeracy Success! Strategies for Building a Strong Math Foundation seminar, offered this spring for educators of grades K2, is designed to take the guess work out of how to teach math content the way today's rigorous standards require.

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