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7/25/2014

7/25/2014

Miami-Dade County School Board members gave preliminary approval to a $2.9 billion general fund budget and slightly lower tax rate. Included in the budget is funding for new initiatives, such as providing digital textbooks and mobile tablets for students.

7/25/2014

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

7/25/2014

A judge rejected the latest effort by Union County parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan. The redistricting was designed to ease overcrowding by sending several thousand students to less-crowded schools. Much of the overcrowding is in the fast-growing western portion of the county.

7/25/2014

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system. The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.

7/25/2014

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling.The panel accepted the district's contention that releasing the names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, and interfere with teacher recruitment.

7/24/2014

7/24/2014

The Maryland state school board voted this week to distribute a set of discipline guidelines intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero tolerance policies. In many instances, the guidelines call for a more nuanced approach to discipline than has been used in some schools throughout the state.

7/24/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools board has unanimously rejected expansion plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year and approved changes proposed by two other charter schools.

7/24/2014

The Illinois city's $5.8 billion operating budget and $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments has been approved. The budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year has been criticized for making cuts to neighborhood schools, increasing spending for privately run charters, and adding two months to the fiscal year to to help cover an $862 million shortfall.

7/24/2014

Officials have determined that most students at 35 of Des Moines' schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the free breakfast and lunch service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it. District leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs.

7/24/2014

Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must provide an extra hour of daily reading instruction for the 2014-15 school year. The schools landed on the state's list of lowest-performing elementary schools because so many of their students did poorly on Florida's reading tests this spring.

7/24/2014

Federal officials are investigating claims that the New Jersey city's school reorganization plan discriminates against its African-American students. The controversial plan consolidates and relocates one-quarter of the schools in the state-run district.

7/23/2014

7/23/2014

Arizona has been grappling with a shortage of established teachers in public schools across the state. Large numbers of new teachers and teachers getting ready to retire have left a gap of experienced classroom instructors.

7/23/2014

The rules concerning Normandy transfer students changed once again this week, with the Missouri Board of Education allowing some students to remain in their new schools after telling them in June they couldn’t stay.

7/23/2014

Another lawsuit has been filed over Common Core in Louisiana. It's suing Governor Bobby Jindal, and was filed on behalf of parents and teachers who are in favor of the new education standards. Supporters of Common Core said he's overstepping his legal authority and tampering with education policy.

7/23/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will not appeal a ruling that deemed the state’s school takeover division unconstitutional. The judge ruled that as the Virginia Constitution vests the authority to establish school divisions in the Board of Education — and not the General Assembly — the Opportunity Educational Institution is not constitutional.

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