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8/12/2014

8/12/2014

The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a new law that strips teachers of a right to a hearing before they are fired.

8/11/2014

8/11/2014

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group this year at 49.8 percent. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

8/11/2014

School ratings, released by the Texas Education Agency, show that about 9 percent of public schools across Texas fell short of the targets. The Houston ISD, despite its progress compared to last year, had nearly twice the rate of low-performing schools as the state average.

8/11/2014

The Vermont Education Department announced that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing No Child Left Behind standards a mission impossible.

8/11/2014

A new report from Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action states high-need schools in New York have missed out on a disproportionate amount of cash during the past several years compared with school districts in wealthier areas. The report says, in addition to being behind on the alleged $5.9 billion it owes to schools, the state owes 2.3 times more to high-need schools than wealthy ones.

8/11/2014

An Indianapolis Star study of all 50 state high school athletic associations shows that Indiana's stance on transfers falls in the middle compared to both the toughest and most lenient restrictions. But the process, in comparison to other states, can be construed as murky or confusing and at times leaves the association open to second-guessing.

8/11/2014

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has found probable cause that discrimination did occur in the Hibbing School District. The department was investigating allegations of discrimination, but it was not made public who or what was under investigation.

8/11/2014

The 2,800-student Fort Thomas Independent Schools district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country — mostly wealthy districts that can afford to forfeit the money — that have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.

8/8/2014

8/8/2014

Although New York spends the most per capita in the nation on its schools, the Alliance for Quality Education and other education groups charge that New York hasn't upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion by 2011 and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession.

8/8/2014

Washington County's public school district will be one of only four in the nation to use special software to track students' social media posts with the idea to keep students safe. Any public post to a social media site on school grounds in Washington County will be run through a new system and checked for certain flag words.

8/8/2014

Arlington's school district is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington to set up a free, dual-credit academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to study STEM. The STEM Academy will open at one of the district's high schools in August 2015.

8/8/2014

Teachers and students in Washington County's district will be on a new schedule, with longer days Monday through Thursday and Fridays off. The superintendent first thought of the idea, not necessarily as a money-saving measure, but rather as a hiring perk for new teachers.

8/8/2014

Under expanded school choice, the relationship between Chicago and its neighborhood elementary schools is undergoing a sea change, reshaping the school system and the city’s culture. In 2000, 74 percent of Chicago’s elementary kids went to their assigned neighborhood grammar school. Today, just 62 percent do — and that number is falling, according to numbers obtained by WBEZ.

8/8/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

8/8/2014

The New Jersey State Board of Education took the first formal step to modify the teacher evaluation process to reduce the importance of student test scores for the upcoming school year. The proposed changes are in response to teachers' outcry that their evaluations will be based on scores of a new and unproven computer-based test that will be given to students this spring.

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