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6/18/2014

6/18/2014

As South Dakota lawmakers start a study about the future of education in South Dakota, lawmakers and educators clashed over how much money they even should be talking about to improve schools in the state.

6/18/2014

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the North Carolina's 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated.

6/18/2014

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law. The faster process would apply to California teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

6/18/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving forward with several education initiatives to help transform city schools. The city will spend $52 million in state grant money to transform 40 schools into "Community Schools," which will include extra services for students and families, such as health clinics, dental care and family counseling.

6/18/2014

Superintendent William Hite said that the district needs an additional $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year. In his last-minute plea for funding, he implored city and state lawmakers to invest much more in the cash-strapped system. Without the extra money, the system could see class sizes above 40 and more than 800 teachers laid off.

6/17/2014

6/17/2014

The Hartford school system intends to regain control of Milner Elementary School after a messy, two-year partnership with a charter management group it hired with state money to raise achievement levels. A new transition plan will limit the Jumoke Academy organization's role in the 2014-2015 year, following concerns that include a muddled curriculum, misgivings over hiring practices and low reading scores.

6/17/2014

Members of the Missouri Board of Education began the unprecedented task of remaking the Normandy school system, which is about to become the first district in the state to fall under their direct oversight. Superintendent Ty McNichols and about a third of the district’s teachers have been rehired.

6/17/2014

The regularity of school shootings in America has set off a multi-directional reaction. Where politics seem to have failed, businesses have stepped in, taking advantage of legislative inertia with bulletproof backpacks, white boards, binder inserts and other products.

6/17/2014

In Colorado, Southwest Denver parents and community members demanded that a task force be created to address the lack of resources and poor performance in the area’s schools. A report issued by A+ Denver stated that only one in 10 graduating high school seniors is college ready. Out of the 42 schools in southwest Denver, only seven received a grade of B or higher on the state’s system.

6/17/2014

The Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure explaining how schools should comply with federal law and guidance on constitutionally protected prayer. The measure says students may share religious views and distribute religious literature, with reasonable restrictions.

6/17/2014

Muscogee County's school board passed a $264,717,610 budget for fiscal year 2015, 2.2 percent less than the previous year's original budget. Instead of the 69 layoffs anticipated in the preliminary 2015 budget, the number of school-based employees being laid off was lowered to 42. The board also approved hiring three principals and the lateral transfer of five more principals.

6/17/2014

The New Jersey Department of Education declined to allow a virtual school day to count in lieu of a snow day on February 13 for Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Of the 2,000 students in the district, 96 percent showed up for their online classes on that day. The state ruled that the day won't count as schools were still physically shut down.

6/16/2014

6/16/2014

Only a handful of Kansas schools may end up taking advantage of a new program that would allow them to offer free lunch and breakfast to every student regardless of family income. The provision, available in Kansas for the first time this year, is designed to combat child hunger by reducing paperwork and the stigma of applying for low-cost meals.

6/16/2014

Ninety-three Columbus schools will get new report cards because they wrongly withdrew at least one child in the 2010-2011 school year. The now two-years-long student-data scandal in Columbus City Schools is inching toward resolution as the state begins recalculating the report cards for the two school years in which the district and its schools were found to have manipulated data.

6/16/2014

Chicago Public Schools moved to close almost 50 elementary schools last year. The Safe Passage program to protect kids on their way to and from their new schools outside of their neighborhood appears to have performed as promised. In addition, there has been an increase in performance at schools designated to take in students whose buildings were closed.

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