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6/24/2015

6/24/2015

Asian Lunar New Year will become an official public school holiday. This is a reversal from just a few months ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio's office had said it would not be added to next year's calendar due to concerns over being able to fulfill the number of state mandated days of instruction. Roughly one in eight New York City residents is Asian.

6/23/2015

6/23/2015

Utah's state school board will not join with Gov. Gary Herbert in calling for amendments to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act which would require the governor's signature on plans for spending federal education dollars in Utah.

6/23/2015

A New Mexico judge has denied a motion to dismiss a teachers union lawsuit that challenges the state's new NMTEACH educator evaluation system, delighting opponents who say the system is punitive and error-ridden.

6/23/2015

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Only 18 percent of those in the school lunch program are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program.

6/23/2015

The number of Birmingham high school students arrested on campus has dropped dramatically by 63 percent from August through December 2014 at the city's seven high schools. The success if being attributed to police and school resource officers shifting their focus from being reactive by making arrests to being proactive by mentoring and recommending resources.

6/23/2015

More than 80 other budding engineers will build and work with machines as part of a new internship program designed to give high school students experience in engineering and manufacturing programs with area companies.

6/23/2015

Data collected by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed that the number of offenses occurring in school decreased 14.4 percent from 2014 to 2012. The study showed a total of 30,232 offenses for the time frame with simple assault being the most frequently reported offense.

6/23/2015

Vermont will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about the state's model and develop their own farm-to-school plans to get more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curricula about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

6/23/2015

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling for a statewide study looking at school district consolidation. The resolution will direct the state to look at ways school districts could merge or consolidate and the potential cost savings.

6/22/2015

6/22/2015

The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the state to overhaul the way young people are arrested and processed through the juvenile courts. The deal follows a federal report which uncovered systemic violations of due process rights of juveniles for minor infractions such as truancy or wearing the wrong clothes to school.

6/22/2015

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures.

6/22/2015

A school district’s enrollment, relative wealth and its ability to generate local tax revenue are at the heart of a school funding formula proposed by the state's Basic Education Funding Commission. Pennsylvania is one of only a few states without a consistent formula.

6/22/2015

The Rhode Island Mayoral Academies lobbied against Rhode Island legislation, which would require local approval for new and expanding charter schools. Concerns are being raised about possible negative consequences, including fiscal issues for schools already in the process of adding grades.

6/22/2015

Arkansas plans for its upgraded school broadband network to initiate at twice the speed originally planned and 40 times faster than the existing network. The $6 million upgrade cost will be covered by delayed reimbursements for existing school broadband capacity from the federal government's E-rate program.

6/22/2015

The Chicago Public Schools will run out of cash as early as this summer and be unable to meet payroll, pension and debt payments without third-party intervention or a significant cost deferral, according to a new report.

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