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8/22/2014

8/22/2014

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

8/22/2014

The state lottery made a record-breaking $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2014. $1.5 billion of those dollars were contributed to the state's education budget.

8/21/2014

8/21/2014

A California bill passed prohibiting school and college administrators and superintendents from making cash donations to both school board candidates’ and incumbents’ campaigns or legal defense funds. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

8/21/2014

A state commission charged with recommending a school funding formula heard testimony this week about the history and complexity of paying for public education in the state. The vast majority of Pennsylvania school business officials, board members and superintendents responding to a survey by state education associations said predictability is very important in a funding formula.

8/21/2014

Most Dallas-area educators won’t be armed this school year despite a new state law that allows concealed handguns on school campuses. For the most part, school district police departments have focused on ramping up current campus security — fortifying doors and installing more cameras — instead of arming teachers.

8/21/2014

Starting with this fall’s high school freshman class, public school students in New Jersey will be required to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate.

8/21/2014

Baltimore is expanding its Safe Routes to School program that uses green footprints on sidewalks around the city. The footprints point out the safest ways to get to school for elementary and middle school students. City officials said crews have improved traffic safety measures along those routes.

8/21/2014

Buffalo school administrators said the layoffs were primarily the result of under-enrolled classes, but school board members said the last-minute layoffs are not fair to students and that class sizes are growing in struggling schools.

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses. School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services.

8/20/2014

The West Virginia Board of Education is looking to redesign the role of school principals. A report compiled by ICF International recommends new professional expanded standards that are recognized across the country, the establishment of a Professional Standards Board and creating advanced specializations for principals, among other suggestions.

8/20/2014

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

8/20/2014

Sen. Peter Courtney announced a 2015 plan for the legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools. The proposal would use general fund bonds that the Legislature would disperse as grants to public school districts across Oregon. Schools with the highest risk of collapse would be prioritized.

8/20/2014

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run, public Renaissance schools in Camden. The governor vetoed a provision that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees.

8/20/2014

Teachers and administrators at Detroit Public Schools will see their pay slashed by 10 percent in the fall if state education officials approve the district’s proposal for offsetting a failed countywide tax millage. The plan also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years.

8/20/2014

In a blow to Gov. Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge blocked Jindal's plan to drop a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.

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