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5/8/2014

5/8/2014

Maryland's Interagency Committee on School Construction has been ordered to work with other state departments on a study on school construction. The committee is charged with making recommendations to increase funding for school construction, including the use of lease payments or other alternative financing methods.

5/8/2014

School districts in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs would see major cuts to state aid while downstate schools would see gains under a proposal that would drastically overhaul Illinois' complicated school funding formula for the first time in almost two decades.

5/8/2014

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County alleges that the Alabama State Department of Education and two school districts are moving too slowly to implement a ban on employee payroll deductions for groups engaged in political activity.

5/8/2014

Colorado's 2014-2015 school finance package was repassed on the final day of the 2014 legislative session. The School Finance Act increases Total Program Funding, the combination of state and local spending that pays for basic school operations, to $5.91 billion in 2014-15 from $5.76 billion this year.

5/8/2014

Public school letter grades could not plunge during a two-year move to the Common Core academic standards under a bill that won approval. The proposal is aimed at softening the impact of the national tests that go with Common Core, which is set to take full effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

5/8/2014

The Delaware State Board of Education can study more closely the impact charter schools have on surrounding districts and impose conditions on them under new proposed legislation. It replaces a more controversial bill that allowed board officials to reject new charters based on the impact they would have on existing schools.

5/8/2014

Ohio voters approved 69 percent of the school levies on the May 6 ballot, the second-highest approval rate in the last decade. Statewide, Ohioans voted in favor of 102 of 148 school taxes on the primary ballot. Voters approved 90 percent of renewal taxes but only 41 percent of new ones.

5/8/2014

At the bottom of the issue of teachers boycotting tests is the fact that federal, state and city bureaucracies keep imposing more and more standardized tests on schools. There seems to be little thought of how this will impact teachers, principals and teacher’s aides.

5/8/2014

Springfield's Department of Capital Asset Construction, which oversees major public construction projects, including new school buildings, will be expanding its ranks to include a new director, senior project manager and project manager.The department presently outsources these responsibilities to private project management firms for as much as $30,000 a month.

5/8/2014

Acknowledging that education exists not only as an academic, but also as a social and socializing experience for children, it can be argued that a uniform or dress code remains exponentially beneficial.

5/8/2014

A rapidly growing body of research looks at whether low-cost parental engagement interventions can cause changes in student performance. Results from randomized experiments suggest that involving parents is a potent, cost-effective and scalable way to increase student achievement in a number of settings.

5/7/2014

5/7/2014

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional vocational education classes of the last century, in woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics. The new programs emerging are designed to fill skills gaps, particularly in STEM fields, such as aeronautics, energy and robotics.

5/7/2014

A blended learning charter school could be headed to Kent County as early as fall of 2015. The blended education format will be universal across all subject areas at Kent County Prep, and every student regardless of ability will have double blocks of math and English language arts.

5/7/2014

Many states, now more than a year into Common Core implementation, have discovered the standards and its accompanying curriculum are not what they were promised. The opponents include parents and educators from all ethnicities.

5/7/2014

While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem—plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them. Colorado's business leaders are working with education leaders on the Future Forward Colorado initiative to align K12 standards and expectations with the rigor and requirements needed for students to succeed in college and careers.

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