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7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/18/2014

7/18/2014

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

7/18/2014

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

7/18/2014

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

7/18/2014

Critical safety changes were announced that impact all Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security released a 30-page report that lists 29 safety recommendations for school leaders.

7/18/2014

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

7/17/2014

7/17/2014

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

7/17/2014

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

7/17/2014

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

7/17/2014

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

7/17/2014

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

7/17/2014

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards. The school board agreed to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services in public schools that would have to align with "nationally recognized standards."

7/16/2014

7/16/2014

After months of saying teachers would show their discontent with the Legislature at the polls, Kansas' largest teachers union endorsed a slate of candidates for the Kansas House. The Legislature had linked a provision that ended state-mandated hearings before public school teachers can be fired to a Supreme Court-ordered fix for school funding.

7/16/2014

Prime Prep Academy, the Texas charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders, faces closure for improper financial management and not complying with state education code. The Texas Education Agency intends to revoke the open-enrollment charter of Uplift Fort Worth, the parent organization of two Prime Prep campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth.

7/16/2014

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed Senate Bill 656. The bill would have allowed districts to designate teachers or school administrators as "school protection officers." They would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in school buildings and classrooms.

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