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6/16/2014

6/16/2014

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will spend $55 million to tighten school security, including installing strategically placed panic buttons on campuses and replacing existing entry windows with bullet-resistant glass. Voters overwhelmingly approved the improvement, which will be completed districtwide by 2020, in a $1.2 billion bond election in May.

6/16/2014

President Barack Obama has pledged to work with tribal nations to ensure that Native Americans have more educational opportunities. The education efforts include releasing a blueprint for redesigning the Bureau of Indian Education and connecting schools and dormitories to high-speed Internet to support digital learning.

6/13/2014

6/13/2014

The federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown. In addition to providing support staff who focused on social and emotional issues, the project also trained teachers to improve student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships.

6/13/2014

FBI raids last week targeting Concept Schools included the charter school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park. The raids, occurring at a total of 19 Concept campuses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, were part of an alleged ongoing white-collar crime investigation.

6/13/2014

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

6/13/2014

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

6/13/2014

The state is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year.

6/13/2014

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

6/13/2014

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

6/12/2014

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

6/12/2014

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

6/12/2014

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

6/12/2014

Students at two dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will eat free next year, regardless of family income. The schools, among the district’s poorest, will serve breakfast and lunch to all students for free starting in the fall under a new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Eligibility Provision is an amendment to the National School Lunch program.

6/12/2014

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005, Louisiana embraced a radical vision for New Orleans education, leaning ever more heavily toward charter schools. That shift culminates this month as the last of Louisiana city's traditional schools close. New Orleans is now an all-charter school city.

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