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7/2/2014

7/2/2014

All staff contracts became void when the north St. Louis County district in Missouri lapsed on June 30 at midnight. Of the 102 teachers who have been offered jobs in the new district, the majority are returning teachers — those with the best attendance records, the best performance evaluations, and those who were most effective in the classroom, state education officials have said.

7/2/2014

Jefferson Parish public school officials are poised to approve a contract for their first turn-around charter school. The School Board will consider giving the national Celerity Educational Group of Los Angeles a charter to run the chronically low-performing Woodmere Elementary in Harvey.

7/2/2014

The state's latest round of results on end-of-year tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.

7/2/2014

District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on state education officials to appoint a special master to develop and implement a transfer plan to find seats in good schools for all Buffalo Public Schools students who want to be transferred out of failing schools.

7/2/2014

The State Board of Education rejected sponsorship of a new Montessori school in Salem, citing concerns about whether the public charter school would end up serving the disadvantaged students it targets.

7/2/2014

The New York district is creating a new school that will serve only kindergartners and may last only a year as the district phases out the current elementary school and phases in Delaware Primary. It will be the district's first "one-way bilingual immersion" program. Kindergartners whose first language is Spanish will receive 60 percent of their instruction in Spanish.

7/2/2014

Under new national nutritional guidelines that kicked in this week, schools that are part of the national school lunch program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The "Smart Snacks in School" program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers foods and drinks sold in vending machines, on cafeteria a la carte menus and for club fundraisers during school hours.

7/1/2014

7/1/2014

Without enough GOP votes for a pension-overhaul plan, Gov. Corbett and House Republican leaders are asking Philadelphia Democrats to vote for the GOP pension plan in return for Republican support for an increase to the cigarette tax in the city. Philadelphia wants legislative approval of the tax to help with the large deficit in the school budget.

7/1/2014

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted unanimously to remove corporal punishment from the student code of conduct in order to protect school employees from being accused of child abuse.

7/1/2014

The Halau Lokahi Public Charter School's leadership has resigned, including its director and governing board. The move allows the school to stay open, but it still has deep financial problems.

7/1/2014

In the wake of an investigation into alleged widespread cheating at one school, a statewide probe found 67 cases of abnormally extreme gains in Mississippi Curriculum Test scores between 2009 and 2013. The instances allegedly occurred across 44 schools in 34 districts.

7/1/2014

Four Hall County charter schools may not have their charters renewed due to confusion over a state law governing control of charter school budgets. If the charters are not renewed, the schools are likely to become schools of choice.

7/1/2014

The Nevada Task Force on K-12 Public Education voted to recommend changing the funding formula for Nevada public schools. The recommendations ask the state to revise its current formula and allocate more money to ELL students, special needs students, and students who live in poverty.

6/30/2014

6/30/2014

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

6/30/2014

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

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