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7/31/2014

7/31/2014

A recent court ruling that resets education spending in Arizona will hurt the state's creditworthiness a bit but could improve that of various school districts. Moody's Investors Service didn't announce any upgrades or downgrades as a result of a Superior Court ruling earlier this month that requires the state to increase school funding by $317 million, starting this fall.

7/30/2014

7/30/2014

Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort.

7/30/2014

More than 450 city schools will change the start time of classes in September to comply with rules in the new teachers union contract to set aside extra time for teacher training and parent conferences. Some parents say they had no say in the impending widespread change and will have to overhaul their own schedules and disrupt their children's lives to get them to school on time.

7/30/2014

A petition to create a STEM-focused charter school for high school students has been approved by the Merced County Board of Education to open in 13 months. The move is opposed by a number of the county's 20 local school districts.

7/30/2014

While instruction has ended for the summer, local school classrooms remain open as part of a wider trend around the country of "community schools," where public and private groups bring services closer to students and residents year round and, in some cases, help boost student performance.

7/30/2014

The Florida county gave preliminary approval to a $1.2 billion budget, which includes a general operating fund increase of nearly 13.1 million this year to $878.8 million. The school district will also see a nearly $25 million increase in state funding.

7/30/2014

How evolution is taught in South Carolina was debated once again, despite the Department of Education's June announcement that it was moving forward with the state's 2005 biology standards. A panel voted this week on a change to the state's biology standards touted as a compromise that would encourage a discussion among students with the topic of evolution.

7/29/2014

7/29/2014

Schools have come and gone over the years around Seattle's downtown core. The Seattle School District is trying to create an elementary school for many of the 1,000 children living close to the area, potentially making the school the first downtown campus in decades.

7/29/2014

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all students without families having to fill out individual forms.

7/29/2014

The cost of school-related spending – including pen-and-paper supplies, electronics and other school fees – has increased by 20 percent in just one year, far outpacing wage increases and the rate of inflation, according to Huntington Bank's annual Backpack Index.

7/29/2014

Statistics from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board show for the Roanoke Region, the number of underage alcohol citations spikes when school gets back in the fall.

7/29/2014

A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling around Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for lawsuits against the state. The group is seeking payment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K12 school formula since fiscal 2010.

7/29/2014

Limited cellphone usage is now permitted at Dorchester District Two high schools. The new policy allows high school students to use their cellphones at specific times during the day.

7/29/2014

Rockwood Summit High School will launch a new center to help students better understand renewable resources and further achieve in math and science. The Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions, which will be housed on the high school's campus, will allow students to plant crops and see how corn and soybeans become renewable sources for fuel.

7/28/2014

7/28/2014
For decades, parents of special-education students nationwide have been able to seek private schooling at no extra cost at public expense when public schools fail to meet their needs.

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