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5/27/2014

5/27/2014

An early retirement incentive offered annually to Des Moines educators no longer serves its purpose and threatens to become a financial drain on the school district, officials say. The program also features one of the most attractive packages in the state, offering higher awards than other neighboring districts.

5/23/2014

5/23/2014

A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools has been amended to also limit the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan. A Senate panel agreed to cap the amount of funding schools would lose under a new need-based funding formula at $1,000 per student.

5/23/2014

Ohio schools would get $17 million in state aid for security upgrades while superintendents failing to submit emergency management plans would face penalties under a new school safety proposal.

5/23/2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center is alleging 96 Alabama school districts are violating a federal law which prohibits denying a child's access to public education based on immigration status.

5/23/2014

A group of bills are caught up in the Senate Education Committee waiting for review, including putting some limitations on what student data could be shared outside of Louisiana; a proposal that would allow school districts to select their own textbooks and curricula; and a piece of legislation that would allow parents to review the instructional materials being given to their children.

5/23/2014

Six elementary schools in Broward County received a federal grant to start the district's first museum-themed magnet program. Each school had to develop its own STEM magnet program while incorporating project-based learning and the concepts of a museum.

5/23/2014

Lexington 2 School Board members settled on a $225 million plan for new schools and renovations. The package – the first improvements sought for classrooms since 2002 – will go to voters for approval November 4. It includes $93.2 million for new facilities and $91 million for renovations.

5/22/2014

5/22/2014

High school students would be required to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and learn cardio pulmonary resuscitation under legislation the Senate passed. Gov. Pat Quinn called the measure “common-sense legislation” that will make sure students are properly trained in life-and-death situations.

5/22/2014

California's public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don't meet expectations.

5/22/2014

Voters across New York approved 98.3 percent of school budgets up for a vote this week, according to the state School Boards Association. A survey by the group found 652 school districts saw their budgets passed, including 99.5 percent of the 645 districts that stayed within the state's property-tax cap.

5/22/2014

Normandy School District has filed a petition challenging the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The school transfer law has left the district nearly insolvent.

5/22/2014

As the state trims the number of items being tested, officials are waiting on the more thorough statistical analysis of TCAP scores before releasing the quick scores. The delay complicates student report cards, as state law requires schools to use TCAP results for 15 to 25 percent of students' final grades in third through eighth grades.

5/22/2014

Two bills aimed at restoring school budgets have been signed into law. One of the K12 bills includes $110 million for public school districts to begin restoring recession cuts. That bill also sets aside money for certain programs, including $20 million for early literacy programs and up to $40 million from marijuana taxes for school construction.

5/22/2014

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

5/21/2014

5/21/2014

The Obama administration is expanding its Turnaround Arts program, an initiative designed to bring arts programs to failing schools in an effort to boost student achievement. The program, which has been in pilot mode for the past two years in eight schools, will extend to 35 schools.

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