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4/21/2015

4/21/2015

State vouchers averaging $6,628 annually could be offered for private school attendance to as many as 5,000 students who attend poorly performing public schools. With elite private schools and most parochial schools charging much more than that amount, questions arise as to how many private schools will want to accept students with state vouchers.

4/21/2015

Last year, more than 7,400 Louisiana public school students in kindergarten and first, second and third grades were handed out-of-school suspensions. Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Broome wants to all but ban the practice in a new bill, which is sparking controversy with officials from the Louisiana Association of Principals and the Louisiana School Boards Association.

4/21/2015

Black and Latino children in New Jersey are far more likely to live in poverty, struggle in school, and get caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems than white and Asian children, according to a new Advocates for Children of New Jersey report.

4/21/2015

The Edmonds School District is adding 500 security cameras to its campuses as part of a $40 million bond voters approved in 2014. Twenty to 40 cameras will be added to each school, depending on the size of a particular school.

4/21/2015

Nevada senators have passed a bill that bars administrators who make more than $120,000 a year from collective bargaining. It also requires state arbitrators to conduct a hearing on a labor dispute more quickly, and largely prevents raises from taking effect if a union contract expires and a new one is not in place.

4/21/2015

As part of Rochester City School District's Leadership Academy for Young Men, over 100 students at Charlotte High School are part of one of the few marksmanship programs in a public high school. This winter, the students got permission to set up a shooting range in the school's basement.

4/20/2015

4/20/2015

Thirty-one vacant school buildings are scattered across the city, relics of a time when St. Louis was teeming with children. As students have left for the suburbs and charter schools, the district’s student population has fallen from its peak of 115,543 in 1967 to about 26,000 this year.

4/20/2015

Mothers whose children suffer seizures speak in support of a bill that would have schools treat marijuana like other prescription drugs, but federal law is seen as an obstacle.

4/20/2015

Amid growing concern that such practices can cause serious injury and even death in K-12 classrooms, the proposed policy prohibits school districts from using chemical restraints, such as sedatives or other medications, or mechanical restraints like straps, harnesses and ties.

4/20/2015

Indiana student achievement will most likely diminish as public education loses money to voucher schools—and because the state cannot regulate curriculum at private schools that accept vouchers, taxpayers are subsidizing “education of uncertain quality,” a national think tank reports.

4/20/2015

Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a paid leave of absence in the face of a federal investigation that subpoenas show is taking a broad approach in its search for information about the district's decision to award a $20.5 million no-bid contract.

4/20/2015

The Every Child Succeeds Act—a bipartisan education bill to replace the controversial No Child Left Behind law and reduce the federal government's power over schools—cleared its first big hurdle last week.

4/20/2015

Dianna Wentzell spent nine years teaching social studies or writing in public schools, two years teaching world history at a magnet school, and one year teaching various subjects in Pakistan. Those are qualifications Gov. Dannel Malloy's first controversial commissioner did not have.

4/17/2015

4/17/2015

Six schools want special permission from the state to hire teachers not certified in the subject they're teaching. It's one of the ideas the Coalition of Innovative School Districts thinks will improve Kansas schools.

4/17/2015

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

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