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5/5/2015

5/5/2015

Citing its bleak finances, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a $160 million capital budget that officials said will largely cover only projects that are already underway and the most pressing repairs and maintenance issues at schools.

5/5/2015

School district leaders had expected to see some impact on graduation and dropout rates given the more rigorous, college-prep graduation requirements that began with the class of 2014. Yet the data shows the graduation rate dipping to 57.3 percent for black students, down from 65.5 a year earlier, and to 61.2 percent for Hispanic students from 68.7.

5/5/2015

The Maine Legislature’s budget-writing committee gave preliminary approval to a new funding mechanism that is designed to ease the financial strain on traditional public schools whose students flock to a nearby charter school or a virtual charter school.

5/5/2015

Charter schools shouldn't be able to give enrollment preference to students who live within five miles of their campus because doing so is leading to resegregation, some lawmakers and advocates argue.

5/5/2015

A new law is so sweeping school officials are wondering whether a homeroom parent would need to be fingerprinted before passing out cupcakes. The new background-check requirements would apply to a wide array of adults who interact with children: school volunteers, parents, school officials, teachers, coaches, janitors and chaperones.

5/5/2015

School administrators say they'll cut teachers and programs over the next two years if lawmakers don't set aside more money for education funding. The Minnesota Senate's plan would increase per pupil funding by 1 percent in each of the next two years.

5/5/2015

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds. Around 42 percent of concussions happened during games, with 58 percent during practices for the high school and college football players in the study.

5/4/2015

5/4/2015

The Cleveland school district's school improvement plans are already making the city's most-struggling schools better, teachers told the school board last week. The school district also says the school turnaround efforts rolled out over the last two years are bringing changes. But are they?

5/4/2015

Playground time is an iconic part of elementary school life. But on overcrowded campuses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, time on the classic schoolyard ladders, chutes and slides can be hard to come by.

5/4/2015

Chicago Public Schools officials will not offer teachers an additional year on their current contract, saying the district cannot afford a built-in 3 percent pay hike. The district's decision means negotiations will continue to replace a deal that expires June 30.

5/4/2015

Instead of suspending or expelling students in kindergarten through third grade, the legislation says schools should impose a loss of privileges on students, refer them to counselors or social workers and seek other interventions that would keep the students inside the school system.

5/4/2015

As controversy over the new Common Core standards and the related standardized tests reached a peak, the No. 1 biggest spender is a pro-charter school organization, Families for Excellent Schools, which spent more than $9.5 million

5/4/2015

The Nevada State Board of Education unanimously granted the reprieve as problems plague the state's standardized tests, which were done online for the first time this year. These annual tests – given in third through eighth grade – were previously done with paper and pencil.

5/4/2015

In the fall, there will be 48 nurses employed by the district, ensuring that every school building — from high school to elementary — has a full-time nurse. A local health-care company will donate $600,000 annually over the next three years to help cover the cost of hiring 12 new nurses.

5/4/2015

“I remained silent on repealing Common Core and charter school legislation, but it’s time to clearly communicate that we oppose funding items in the Education Trust Fund budget that have nothing to do with education,” Limestone County Superintendent Thomas Sisk said.

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