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4/14/2014

4/14/2014

Seven pilot programs will receive $120,000 Believe and Prepare grants from the Department of Education to create full-year residencies or apprenticeships for aspiring teachers. The programs may partner with teacher preparation programs to redesign theory-based academic coursework into school-based, practice-oriented coursework.

4/14/2014

A Grand Junction district is denying allegations of grade inflation after several teachers testified that administrators pressured them to avoid giving students D's and F's in order to minimize complaints from parents and ensure extracurricular eligibility.

4/14/2014

A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore officials looking for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and programs. The $31 million deficit in next year's budget is due to a decrease in grant funding, fluctuating financial commitments and a halt to rapid growth in enrollment.

4/14/2014

State enrollment figures for the past five school years show that more than a third of central Ohio’s 49 districts have steadily added students, growing as much as 21 percent. In the rest of the state, most districts’ enrollments have declined.

4/14/2014

With new school closure guidelines approved by Brevard Public Schools, county commissioners have agreed to drop their yearlong legal battle pending against the district. The new guidelines make the school-closing process more transparent and set direction for future closure decisions.

4/14/2014

The Tucson USD may look at reducing the number of magnet schools despite fighting a recommendation by a desegregation expert last year to do that. The study found the district’s magnet schools may be hurting its effort to bring racial balance to its campuses.

4/11/2014

4/11/2014

The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.

4/11/2014

The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.

4/11/2014

The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.

4/11/2014

Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.

4/11/2014

A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.

4/11/2014

A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula passed through a Senate panel, despite objections that the plan has not been sufficiently researched. The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay.

4/10/2014

4/10/2014

Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.

4/10/2014

The city's schools will have their budgets cut by $5.2 million next year, instead of the previously predicted $21 million. The extra $15 million the administration is able to give schools comes from higher-than-expected property tax collections, and more than $10 million in savings in this year’s budget.

4/10/2014

A $500 million package cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature. The two bills awaiting a final vote aim to use the improving tax collections to backfill K12 budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charters more funding and help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

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