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4/23/2015

4/23/2015

The schools have been chosen for a new program designed to improve learning and reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh's public schools. The schools will be part of a research project funded by a $3 million Justice Department grant to develop better relationships between students and teachers to prevent disruptions that lead to suspensions.

4/23/2015

Thousands of teachers across the state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes. The strikes forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third.

4/23/2015

A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for California schoolchildren was passed by the Senate Education Committee and will move next to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Opponents said they will keep up the fight against the bill to ensure that unvaccinated kids aren’t barred from public and private schools.

4/22/2015

4/22/2015

Voters in the Washington district will be asked this fall to approve a $292.5 million bond measure to relieve elementary school overcrowding and reduce the need for portable classrooms. The bond will pay for a new 44-classroom elementary school while four other elementary schools will be expanded to include more classrooms.

4/22/2015

Up to 16,000 lower-income students in mostly urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools under a measure the Senate tentatively approved. The proposal would set aside $100 million in tax credits to create a school voucher program. The tax incentives would be given to businesses that donate money to fund private school scholarships.

4/22/2015

A panel of judges has dismissed a lawsuit from school districts and parents claiming that state's system of school funding fails to meet the state's obligation to students. The panel said the level of annual funding needed for each student to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature, not the courts.

4/22/2015

A bill that would have allowed public schools to use architects and engineers' donated time to do free severe-weather safety assessments in public schools will most likely not be addressed this year.

4/22/2015

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under the California Racial Mascots Act advanced by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

4/22/2015

An effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued, a legal standard not all states follow.

4/22/2015

The Philadelphia school system wants to open more new high schools and continue a program that encourages teachers, principals and community organizations to overhaul schools from within. The new small high schools would be neighborhood schools without admissions criteria, and would open first to ninth graders, adding one grade each year.

4/21/2015

4/21/2015

Pinellas County Schools suspended Florida Standards Assessment testing until further notice due to computer software issue issues. Florida's Department of Education also gave notice that the state's server was experiencing problems.

4/21/2015

Rural schools and associations representing superintendents, treasurers and school boards largely praised the House-proposed plan to distribute billions of dollars to Ohio’s 610 school districts. The formula now takes into account how much a district can raise with the minimum 20 mills of property taxes required by the state.

4/21/2015

State vouchers averaging $6,628 annually could be offered for private school attendance to as many as 5,000 students who attend poorly performing public schools. With elite private schools and most parochial schools charging much more than that amount, questions arise as to how many private schools will want to accept students with state vouchers.

4/21/2015

Last year, more than 7,400 Louisiana public school students in kindergarten and first, second and third grades were handed out-of-school suspensions. Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Broome wants to all but ban the practice in a new bill, which is sparking controversy with officials from the Louisiana Association of Principals and the Louisiana School Boards Association.

4/21/2015

Black and Latino children in New Jersey are far more likely to live in poverty, struggle in school, and get caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems than white and Asian children, according to a new Advocates for Children of New Jersey report.

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