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2/25/2015

2/25/2015

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

2/25/2015

Voters in 37 wards overwhelmingly endorsed an elected Chicago Board of Education — a non-binding outcome that nonetheless promises to stoke a long-running debate over the mayor's power to appoint board members.

2/24/2015

2/24/2015

Grand Rapids Public Schools will ask voters to support a 30-year tax proposal totaling about $175 million for building construction, technology and security. Half of the $175 million would go toward completely renovating the high schools while technology and security are expected to be up to $20 million of the bond.

2/24/2015

A bill passed mandating all schools teach cursive writing. The debate over Common Core continues during the spring legislative session in Arkansas. At one time all schools in the state taught cursive writing, but Common Core standards don't require schools to teach cursive anymore.

2/24/2015

Hundreds of the New Jersey city's teachers and school district employees asked the city school board to put a stop to budget cuts that would eliminate 250-350 positions to help close a $19 million anticipated budget gap in the 2015-16 school year.

2/24/2015

A state grant of $600,000 has been approved for a Delaware Valley High School program that allows students to explore different areas of computer science, including simulation and modeling, cyber security and robotics artificial intelligence.

2/24/2015

The Windsor-Severance RE 4 School District board voted to request a waiver from the Colorado State Board of Education that would let it opt out of new tests. The idea is to eliminate school testing such as the PARCC and CMAS tests for rural areas, where turnaround for results and similar tests have many questioning the need.

2/24/2015

Howard County is expanding its elementary school composting program to include a middle school. Since the Pointers Run Elementary School program began in August, the school has composted four tons of food waste.

2/24/2015

Missouri has the greatest disparity between how often black and white students get out-of-school suspension for infractions. In addition, black elementary school children are more likely to be suspended in Missouri than in any other state, according to a new Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA study.

2/24/2015

The House Education Committee passed a bill that would require the disclosure of an applicant’s entire criminal history — instead of just certain felony-level offenses — to provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal background.

2/23/2015

2/23/2015

Four men emerged as the finalists to become the next school superintendent of Boston, as a yearlong search for a new leader enters perhaps its last phase. The candidates are racially diverse and come from school systems many miles away: two from California, one from Nevada, and another from Virginia.

2/23/2015

Schools calculate that a 5 percent budget reduction would mean $113 million less to spend statewide on things like technology and textbooks and on library, food service and health workers.

2/23/2015

Colorado has academic standards in 10 content areas, two of which—math and English language arts—contain Common Core standards. The first major revision of Colorado's standards started in 2008, was introduced in schools beginning in 2010 and was fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

2/23/2015

Teacher Jacque Salisbury hardly ever asks her students to open their physical science textbooks. She prefers more engaging, hands-on learning. Plus, the middle school books are more than a decade old.

2/23/2015

Many schools across the U.S. have cut back on recess and athletic offerings, but Santa Barbara Middle School views cycling as a vital part of the school’s educational philosophy. Between special cycling trips and commuting to and from campus, students and staff collectively ride an estimated 15,000 miles each year.

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