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7/24/2015

7/24/2015

Both charter schools and publicly funded pre-K can improve learning for children in poverty. Together, they have the potential to do even more to close the achievement gap for at-risk students. Yet policies in many states prevent charter schools from serving pre-K students.

7/24/2015

Raynee Daley, who has been deputy superintendent of business services at the Lucia Mar USD for the past four years, has been tapped to be the next superintendent. She would succeed Jim Hogeboom, who took a new position with the Novato USD.

7/24/2015

The California district has chosen Shawnterra Moore, associate superintendent of educational services and categorical programs, as its new superintendent. She replaces Alejandro Hogan, who left the district for an assistant superintendent position with the Napa Valley USD.

7/24/2015

The Virginia Department of Education is surveying parents and other members of the public to find out what information and features should be added to the performance report cards the department publishes for schools and school divisions.

7/24/2015

A state survey found that 71 percent of more than 600 school districts administered both online and paper/pencil state tests. Twenty-four percent of Ohio's 231 rural schools tested all their students online, the largest rate among any category of districts.

7/24/2015

As part of an out-of-court settlement, the Hall County School District will provide First Amendment training to its staff and its insurance carrier is negotiating the payment of legal fees to a group that sued the school system over the role of prayer and Christianity in athletics programs.

7/24/2015

Confusion continues over the intent and the impact of a new state law allowing home-school students the opportunity to play high school sports for their local public schools. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is granting temporary state relief for determining the process for verifying interscholastic athletics participation requirements.

7/24/2015

Before Massachusetts' new rules on soft drinks and other products offered outside the standard lunch menu went into effect in 2012, only 13 percent of foods in middle schools met the standards, a study found. One year later, that number rose to 69 percent.

7/24/2015

The state Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision and declared the state’s controversial Opportunity Scholarship Program to be constitutional. The court said that it could only determine as to whether the program is constitutional while the General Assembly has the duty of determining the wisdom of such programs.

7/23/2015

7/23/2015

The city’s newly constituted school board authorized up to $1.2 billion in long-term bonds so the district can pay for ongoing capital projects, fees on past borrowing and some costs of refinancing old debt.

7/23/2015

Seattle high schools and middle schools should start at least an hour later than they do now, and most elementary schools should start 90 minutes sooner. The committee's recommendations would cost an estimated $3 million for busing.

7/23/2015

A bill rolled out in the North Carolina Senate Education Committee would transfer oversight of the Charter School Advisory Board from the hands of the state Department of Public Instruction to the control of the State Board of Education and would eliminate the governor's power to appoint the chairman of the advisory board.

7/23/2015

School board elections are usually sleepy affairs with miniscule budgets that don’t attract much of the electorate. But as federal and state governments become more polarized and gridlocked, local municipal and school board races such as those in Colorado's Jefferson County are increasingly attractive to large national donors looking to make political points.

7/23/2015

The Ohio Coalition for Quality Education is pushing state legislators to start using the measure actively used by the California Charter Schools Association in how Ohio evaluates schools. It's a ratings model that includes socioeconomic factors in its calculation. But researchers and the California charter group say Ohio's value-added is still better.

7/23/2015

The bill requires that Indianapolis schools report discipline data separated by race, grade, gender, and eligibility for special education services and free or reduced-price meals. It also offers chances at grants for new discipline models.

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