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12/23/2014

12/23/2014

An Oregon Department of Education hearing discussED revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law. The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes.

12/23/2014

Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that. Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis.

12/23/2014

An agreement between the board of education and Onslow County Board of Commissioners compels school leaders to pursue alternative solutions to enrollment growth before building new schools. The school system is studying reassignment to mitigate years of growth in Jacksonville and Richlands.

12/23/2014

East Ramapo officials are again taking the state to court in their battle against what the state says is repeated noncompliance with a law covering disabled students' education.

12/23/2014

The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year from 52 to 57 and included Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools.

12/23/2014

DA Daily is taking a few days off for the holidays. Today's DA Daily will be the last edition of 2014, and we will return with the new year on Jan. 5.

12/22/2014

12/22/2014

Even in a best-case scenario, the Philadelphia School District faces a $30 million deficit for next year. And that's with asking for $309 million in new money from the city and state, and not planning on any teacher raises over the next five years.

12/22/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to push for sweeping changes to the state’s education system, with goals that include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.

12/22/2014

Calls for more regulation for Ohio charter schools and their sponsor organizations have accelerated in recent months following allegations of misspending and misbehavior in a chain of charter schools and recent reports showing the schools need more oversight to be successful.

12/22/2014

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

12/22/2014

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

12/22/2014

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

12/22/2014

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

12/22/2014

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

12/19/2014

12/19/2014

Bibles are reportedly being distributed to elementary students in a Georgia public school district this week — something that represents an “appalling violation” of children’s freedom of thought," says the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s why the organization has threatened to file a lawsuit if the practice doesn’t stop.

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