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12/12/2014

12/12/2014

Rutherford County Schools officials adopted a $234.63 million building plan that is expected to eliminate 57 of the 146 portables classrooms currently in use. A new elementary school building will be built by the start of the 2016-17 school year if the county commission funds the plan.

12/12/2014

The Los Angeles district announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools, making it among the first of the country's large school districts to make the switch. The new standards will require that all chicken products must be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program.

12/12/2014

New York State’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., will step down at the end of the year to take the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

12/12/2014

New Jersey should be required to provide more school aid and universal preschool for 16 mostly poor, rural districts, attorneys representing the districts argued in court. The Education Law Center said the districts are unable to provide an adequate education to their students due to cuts in state funding.

12/12/2014

The Federal Communications Commission approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed internet. The proposal will raise the overall funding cap for the program to $3.9 billion annually.

12/11/2014

12/11/2014

A year-end spending bill released by Congress doesn't allow schools to opt out of the federal healthy lunch program but it would ease standards. The bill would reduce requirements for whole grains and suspend lower sodium standards that were supposed to go into effect in 2017.

12/11/2014

Compared with black boys, who are disciplined at higher rates than boys of other races and ethnicities, researchers say black girls tend to be penalized more subjectively, like for having a bad attitude or being defiant.

12/11/2014

The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could decide the future of district-run school voucher programs in the state. The legal battle began in 2011 when a Douglas County school board introduced a pilot voucher program that offered state funds for tuition at private schools, many of which were religious and outside the county.

12/11/2014

While families gave several reasons they remain in city schools, a new study shows major disparities in which types of students in Connecticut's urban centers enter the school choice lottery and which do not. the families of students who speak limited English or had special education needs were significantly less likely to.

12/11/2014

To preserve a Brooklyn school's diversity, the community persuaded the city's department of education to try an experiment at P.S. 133: set aside 35 percent of the kindergarten seats each year for kids who receive free lunch and those who are learning English.

12/11/2014

The Maine Department of Education is awarding $14.8 million in grants to 13 school districts in order to expand access to public preschool programs that educators say enhance students’ likelihood of academic success.

12/11/2014

The Louisiana Supreme Court refused to reconsider its October dismissal of a lawsuit over the firing of thousands of New Orleans public school employees after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees.

12/10/2014

12/10/2014

In New York City, a $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. The Robin Hood Foundation-funded research study is testing at 69 high-poverty sites whether stronger math teaching can make all the difference for young kids.

12/10/2014

This is the first year of the OIT Youth Mentorship program, where 21 pairs of Oregon Tech college student mentors and high school student mentees will work together for the entire school year. The program is based on Colorado State University's Campus Corps.

12/10/2014

The state has won a $3.3 million School Climate Transformation grant and a School Emergency Management grant worth nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The School Climate Transformation grant will help the state expand its current infrastructure for supporting effective positive behavior practices.

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