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12/19/2014

12/19/2014

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

12/19/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court to challenge the district's election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

12/19/2014

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

12/19/2014

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

12/19/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

The city of Chicago released a report with 28 recommendations to address the city's youth violence problem. The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

12/18/2014

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

12/18/2014

The fast-spreading flu in Georgia is forcing Polk County's school system to shut down and start winter break early. With 17 percent of the student body and 16 percent of the teachers out sick, the school superintendent closed all 10 schools on Wednesday.

12/18/2014

Lunchtime in school cafeterias still faces a tastebud challenge in the third year of federal regulations requiring healthier meals. But while the 2012 federal school nutrition rules may give school administrators heartburn, they've spell opportunity for third-party businesses operating with considerably more resources than most school districts have.

12/18/2014

A new survey released by Achieve found recent high school grads feel unprepared for college and career and wish they’d been better informed about what they needed and encouraged to meet higher expectations.

12/18/2014

Oakland USD says new, as-yet unpublished research shows the percentage of students suspended at schools that have fully adopted the restorative justice program has dropped by half, from 34 percent in 2011-12 to just 14 percent in the following two years.

12/18/2014

The SaferOH tip line, a 24/7 anonymous tip line, will accept calls and texts about suspicious activity 24 hours a day. Officials from more than 200 buildings signed up within the first 24 hours of the free tip line being offered.

12/18/2014

Despite some reservations, plans for two online charter schools received the blessing of a state advisory board. Only two schools applied for the state-mandated slots: North Carolina Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with K12 Inc., and North Carolina Connections Academy, which is with Connections Education.

12/17/2014

12/17/2014

The Alaska district's board approved two resolutions that aimed at helping charter schools in their challenges acquiring facilities. The Charter School Facility Fund would create a pool of money — drawn from the district’s unassigned fund balance  that charter schools could dip into to help cover building costs.

12/17/2014

So many in the ranks of the fire and police departments across Minneapolis' metro area are retiring that it is causing concern. Those retirements are part of the reason why the fire department launched a first-of-its-kind program, recruiting inner-city teens with a class specifically for seniors. It starts in a classroom at Roosevelt High School.

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