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4/2/2015

4/2/2015

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

4/2/2015

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

4/2/2015

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

4/2/2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

4/2/2015

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

4/2/2015

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

4/1/2015

4/1/2015

The role of police in the city's schools will change under a new proposal. Under the new plan, officers will be allowed to keep their weapons. School officials said the main focus is to deal with truancy in the city with more visibility and presence in schools.

4/1/2015

A bill that would restrict school officials' ability to comment on political issues, including elections and legislation, was put on hold as opposition to the measure continued to grow.

4/1/2015

School districts got their first look at state aid projections this week — months later than normal   with many districts seeing increases above 10 percent.

4/1/2015

Following a years-long trend toward fewer arrests and suspensions in New York City public schools, arrests for the first 110 days of the current school year are down 16 percent from the previous year and suspensions are down 10 percent.

4/1/2015

Where Gov. Larry Hogan's original charter school expansion bill sought to make it easier to open more charter schools and give them greater flexibility in hiring, firing and funding, the amended version passed by a Senate panel only allows the state's existing successful charter schools to get slightly more flexibility.

4/1/2015

The House voted to pump $7.255 billion into the state school funding formula in the next two school years. The 9 percent increase offers enough money to cover the costs of expanding kindergarten from half-day to full-day plus provide about $100 more per student next school year.

4/1/2015

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., says the city’s plan to open an all-boys college preparatory high school does not run afoul of federal laws to protect education equality for girls. The mayor plans to open the school for the 2016-17 school year.

3/31/2015

3/31/2015

The Supreme Court declined to review a case involving New York City’s ban on religious groups’ holding worship services in public school buildings, leaving in place a decision by a lower court that found the longstanding policy constitutional.

3/31/2015

A coalition studying how to fix the education system in Detroit made sweeping recommendations, including the creation of a Detroit Education Commission to oversee the opening and closing of all city schools. The recommendations also called on the state to assume some of the massive debt of Detroit Public Schools.

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