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4/14/2015

4/14/2015

The Texas House gave preliminary approval to HB 767, which requires students to receive an electrocardiogram (EKG) before they can play high school sports. The new legislation adds an EKG test to student athletes' required health assessments before the first and third year of participation.

4/14/2015

Florida school districts resumed computerized testing this week without a hitch. The issues that plagued students as they took the Florida Standards Assessments writing exams a month ago — such as not being able to log in or being knocked out of tests — did not recur.

4/14/2015

The state school board voted to eliminate the so-called "5 of 8" rule that sets the minimum number of school nurses, librarians, counselors and arts teachers that school districts must have. It will now be up to each local school board how many of those positions they want to have at their schools.

4/14/2015

Approximately 30,000 more Oregon school children could have access to free school lunches starting with the 2015-16 school year. A new appropriations bill will provide $2.4 million to fund the mandate that school districts provide free lunches to students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches.

4/14/2015

A pair of Colorado Senate bills dealing with violence and mental health in schools received initial approval after a sometimes emotional hearing. One bill would allow victims of school violence to sue districts for information, and the other would create a committee to study mental health in schools.

4/14/2015

Spokane Public Schools kept true to its promise to pull students from class who aren't compliant with Washington's vaccine laws this week. It is state law that schools require vaccinations or a waiver signed by parents excusing their children from getting shots. Those who don't have either on file are listed as non-compliant.

4/14/2015

Ten former Atlanta public school educators, convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals, should consider plea deals or face significantly more time behind bars, a judge said.

4/14/2015

High-schooler Audrie Pott killed herself after three boys sexually assaulted her. Her parents have worked to turn the tragedy of their daughter’s suicide into hope for reform. At least two of the boys have agreed to talk to teens to help promote change as part of a settlement, but that could pose problems, experts say.

4/14/2015

Swedesboro-Woolwich's school board has appointed Kristin O'Neil as its new superintendent. O'Neil, the current principal of West Deptford's Green-Fields Elementary School, will take over the superintendent's position at the end of the current school year.

4/13/2015

4/13/2015

Discovery Education expanded its partnership with Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools. In the latest phase of this seven-year relationship, middle school students districtwide will be able to learn through Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series.

4/13/2015

The free Copilot Family parental control app will include the weekly Insight Email, which will detail a child’s technology use. The feature provides a window into how children are using mobile devices, indicating what new apps the child has downloaded on a weekly basis.

4/13/2015

Test Free has launched SAT Free, a no-cost online test preparation course, for all college-bound and college-interested students, including juniors taking the SAT this spring.

4/13/2015

One big change is that district leaders will not have the leeway to decide how teachers are rated; perhaps that change will avoid any disparities between students testing poorly and teachers rated highly.

4/13/2015

While the requirements for becoming a school bus driver in Kansas have increased in the past 32 years, the part-time pay structure and odd working hours have remained a constant.

4/13/2015

School officials want to buy 57 acres about 3 miles south of Interstate 84 for $1.7 million. They have no immediate plans to build a school but note that as development ramps up in South Boise, they will need to add a school.

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