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3/19/2014

3/19/2014
Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music are partnering with New York City's Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. The donated services and resources for the "Amp Up NYC" initiative are estimated at $10 million.
3/19/2014
The organization is donating $2.6 million in grant funding to create 850 new seats in what it deems high-performing schools. Building 21, a new district-run high school opening this year, will receive $2 million from the grant in startup cash over four years.
3/19/2014
At the end of the last semester, the Lawrence district took over management of Lawrence Virtual High School from K12 Inc., a private company that had been running the school, after it posted a graduation rate of just 26.3 percent. The move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally.
3/19/2014
The St. Paul board backed a five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0. The approval came without the intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago.
3/19/2014
The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.

3/18/2014

3/18/2014
A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.
3/18/2014
Three more charter schools in Broward County could be forced to shut their doors this year, bringing the number of closures to 15 in the last 20 months. It is an alarming failure rate that is prompting officials to call for more stringent rules from the state.
3/18/2014
The Senate approved a bill that would require districts to provide students with the usual 1,062 instruction hours while the House has already approved a separate bill giving districts the power to eliminate up to 10 days. Kentucky districts remain in limbo as they attempt to finalize the calendar for a school year pocked with snow days.
3/18/2014
Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland could move to a year-round calendar, according to administrators. The pilot calendar would require students to attend some classes in June, July and August to help combat what educators call the "summer slide" in learning.
3/18/2014
The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.
3/18/2014
Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.
3/18/2014
Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.
3/18/2014
A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

3/17/2014

3/17/2014
Recent legislation mandating schools test for radon gas was amended to strip provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter.
3/17/2014
The financial profile data shown in the Illinois State Board of Education's 2014 financial watch list shows that 532 school districts, almost 62 percent of the state's total, are deficit spending. The board has submitted a proposal to state lawmakers to increase school funding next year by more than $1 billion.

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