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2/3/2015

2/3/2015

South Dakota's House Appropriations Committee approved a proposal to offer tuition assistance to certain rural school employees to get teaching degrees in South Dakota if they agree to teach in their same school district for 5 years.

2/3/2015

A House Education Committee will take discuss a bill that would give Seattle Mayor Ed Murray the power to appoint two of the seven members of the school board. Lawmakers will consider the bill one week before they take up another proposal — a bill that would split Seattle Public Schools into two districts.

2/3/2015

Legislation that would allow people with concealed-gun permits to carry firearms into public schools and government meetings won approval from the Wyoming House of Representatives. The bill would repeal “gun-free zones” carved out around elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

2/3/2015

The Colorado House Education Committee killed a bill that would have stopped expansion of the breakfast after the bell program to additional schools and students.

2/2/2015

2/2/2015

The boards of education in all 173 school districts have approved a policy raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Kentucky Department of Education provided each district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

2/2/2015

A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to pull as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts that don't administer the new PARCC assessment exam to students.

2/2/2015

Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms but could do better in buying local dairy products, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The census also shows 59 percent of the 315 districts that responded are involved in the Farm to School program.

2/2/2015

State legislators gave initial approval to a proposal that would allow districts that are not a full K12 to continue operating if the enrollment per grade is proportionate to 100 for K12. The first beneficiary would be the Big Stone City's K8 school.

2/2/2015

As Gov. Scott Walker is set to propose a $19 million increase in money for rural schools, education officials believe it doesn't go far enough to help struggling districts in less populated parts of the state.

2/2/2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes Common Core academic standards, has no legal authority over Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has instead used an executive order to issue a strong suggestion for testing alternatives, rather than a requirement for other assessment options.

2/2/2015

The proposed HBl 868 bill, titled the Teacher's Protection Act, would give teachers the right to use deadly force on campus, on a school bus or at school-sponsored activities to defend not only themselves and students, but school property.

1/30/2015

1/30/2015

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's Fiscal Stress Monitoring System designated 90 school districts statewide, which is 13 percent of districts, as fiscally stressed. Statewide, this second year of scoring designated 10 school districts in "significant fiscal stress," 27 in "moderate fiscal stress" and 53 as "susceptible to fiscal stress."

1/30/2015

Maine is in danger of losing an important federal waiver that could have ramifications on funding for the state’s public schools unless the Legislature changes the way teachers and principals are evaluated before March 15, according to the Maine Department of Education.

1/30/2015

The 5,500 school buses in South Carolina's fleet are owned and maintained by the state, not the school districts. South Carolina law recommends that the state replace around 360 buses each year, but it's not a requirement. Last year, only nine buses were replaced.

1/30/2015

The Pennsylvania district's school board voted to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin offering full-day kindergarten for every district student next school year. The expansion into all 16 Bethlehem elementary schools is aimed at improving third-grade outcomes.

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