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8/20/2014

8/20/2014

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

8/20/2014

Sen. Peter Courtney announced a 2015 plan for the legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools. The proposal would use general fund bonds that the Legislature would disperse as grants to public school districts across Oregon. Schools with the highest risk of collapse would be prioritized.

8/20/2014

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run, public Renaissance schools in Camden. The governor vetoed a provision that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees.

8/20/2014

Teachers and administrators at Detroit Public Schools will see their pay slashed by 10 percent in the fall if state education officials approve the district’s proposal for offsetting a failed countywide tax millage. The plan also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years.

8/20/2014

In a blow to Gov. Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge blocked Jindal's plan to drop a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.

8/19/2014

8/19/2014

While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco - and many other districts - the average teacher misses more school than the average child. If last year's numbers hold steady, the 4,100 teachers in the city, on average, will each be absent about 11 times this school year, four to five days more than a typical student.

8/19/2014

As Compton students head back to school, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

8/19/2014

More than a year after Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

8/19/2014

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

8/19/2014

Voters this November will decide whether the state of New York should borrow up to $2 billion to help fund new technology in school classrooms and upgrade school buildings themselves.

8/19/2014

Close to half of all public schools in the state received a D ranking or lower in terms of quality, based on data compiled from the state’s achievement index and analyzed by think tank group Washington Policy Center .

8/19/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. The Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former mayor awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.

8/18/2014

8/18/2014

The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

8/18/2014

The clock is ticking on the first day of class, and Baltimore City school leaders are working against it, trying to fill nearly 200 vacant teaching positions.

8/18/2014

Under the new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which took effect nationwide in July 2014, most foods sold in schools will have limited fat, calories, sugar and sodium.

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