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9/5/2014

9/5/2014

The Pennsylvania school district opened the Monticello School, a new school catering specifically to special education students with additional emotional support and autism services offered. The district is partnering with the Scranton Counseling Center and the Friendship House for the new K12 school.

9/5/2014

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute's updated 2013 “Schoolhouse Squeeze” report on school funding found continued underfunding of the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. According to the report, districts would get an average of $439 more per student during the current school year if the legislature fully funded education in line with the state QBE formula.

9/4/2014

9/4/2014

Two charters are being added to Jefferson's public school portfolio. Laureate Academy and Jefferson RISE Charter School are products of a $500,000 partnership between Louisiana and system officials and national charter incubator Building Excellent Schools.

9/4/2014

Connecticut replaced two state mastery exams that were previously used in calculating state rankings with the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The change was so abrupt that the state does not expect to release annual performance assessment results until 2015, making it difficult to predict how students are doing under the new conditions.

9/4/2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $3.2 million for Newtown's schools for this school year and 2015-2016. Since the December 14, 2012, shootings, the Connecticut district has received a total of $6.4 million, one of the largest grants from the Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program.

9/4/2014

Philadelphia has announced none of its schools were designated “persistently dangerous” for this school year. This is the first time the district does not have any schools designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is also the fourth year in a row the district noted a reduction in the total number of reported violent incidents.

9/4/2014

A new Texas Education Agency study indicates that consolidation of school districts in the five largest counties in Texas would only increase operating costs and not improve student performance. If consolidated, the Dallas County district would be the fourth largest school system in the country with an enrollment of more than 803,000 students.

9/3/2014

9/3/2014

Board members in Florida’s Lee County School District backtracked on their unprecedented decision to opt out of state standardized tests for the coming school year, less than a week after the initial decision.

9/3/2014

Communication failures both within Seattle Public Schools and with parents of children with disabilities continue to undermine the district’s efforts to fix longstanding problems in special education. Seattle risks losing about $12  million annually in federal funds unless it fixes problems that include failures to update student learning plans and provide services consistently from school to school.

9/3/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers. California’s two largest teacher unions are expected to follow suit in the case of Vergara vs. California.

9/3/2014

The Grand Rapids Board of Education approved the proposal for the new Grand Rapids Public Museum School, planned for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the district and the Public Museum, the Museum School is a partnership with the city of Grand Rapids, Ferris State University/Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Grand Valley State University

9/3/2014

The Ohio city's board adopted a policy to officially bar school principals from making after-the-fact changes to grades on their own. Once the grading period ends, school administrators who want to change a student’s grade will have to fill out forms to justify the change, get permission from a central-office official and then have a district data worker make the change.

9/3/2014

A year after hundreds more "Safe Passage" workers were hired to keep children from harm, an infusion of city money has allowed Chicago to increase the number of security guards from 1,200 to 1,300. Another $10 million from the state will mean 600 more workers will be lining the streets within the next several weeks.

9/2/2014

9/2/2014

The Washington Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state with a hearing scheduled for October. The new charter school law allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, the private school First Place will be the first charter school. A coalition of plaintiffs has sued the state, hoping to disallow schools such as First Place.

9/2/2014

Few principals across New York state gave their teachers low scores in the 2012-2013 school year as they implemented a new evaluation system that calls for in-depth classroom observations. The difference between the top ratings on the observation-based evaluations​ and the low ratings on state and local tests is likely to spark a debate over what parts of an evaluation are the most accurate.

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