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4/3/2015

4/3/2015

New York's top education official wants to exempt high-performing districts from the new teacher- and principal-evaluation system that state lawmakers approved this week and give those districts more autonomy.

4/3/2015

New Jersey schools spent an average of $19,211 to educate each student last year, a 1.6 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year. Spending varied widely among local districts, according to figures released by the state Department of Education.

4/3/2015

The California district's school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools. State law prohibits dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of educational institutions, but Compton’s municipal ordinances actually ban marijuana shops.

4/3/2015

The Concordia school district and Twin Valley School District plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year.

4/3/2015

Several Iowa school districts have begun pilot projects to install mobile wireless routers in their buses to see if providing on-board WiFi hotspots can help students get their homework completed during the long after-school commutes.

4/3/2015

A weeks-long legislative tussle over school funding levels for the 2015-2016 school year continues at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideological disagreement over budgetary practices.

4/3/2015

A steady decrease in the number of available substitute teachers across the state has many school districts getting creative with ways to recruit more temporary teachers, including more frequent interview events, increasing pay and offering substitute positions to student teachers already working in the district.

4/2/2015

4/2/2015

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

4/2/2015

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

4/2/2015

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

4/2/2015

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

4/2/2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

4/2/2015

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

4/2/2015

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

4/1/2015

4/1/2015

The role of police in the city's schools will change under a new proposal. Under the new plan, officers will be allowed to keep their weapons. School officials said the main focus is to deal with truancy in the city with more visibility and presence in schools.

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