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7/16/2014

7/16/2014

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed Senate Bill 656. The bill would have allowed districts to designate teachers or school administrators as "school protection officers." They would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in school buildings and classrooms.

7/16/2014

An Asheville City elementary school will began school again very soon as part of a new year-round pilot program. If the pilot program is successful, other Asheville City schools are expected to go to the year-round calendar.

7/16/2014

VLT Academy, a 600-student charter school in Pendleton, will remain open next year thanks to a judge's ruling. The judge is forcing the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor the school next year, thereby saving it from closure.

7/16/2014

In Missouri, a group of Normandy school district parents have filed suit over recent changes to student attendance rules that limit the number of pupils who can transfer to better-performing schools in other districts.

7/15/2014

7/15/2014

Chicago Public Schools' proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million. The budget increases funding to the district's 143 privately run charter and contract schools by the same amount.

7/15/2014

A proposal to randomly drug test Zionsville High School students was debated and delayed for a third time. The original plan included suspending students from extracurricular activities if they test positive and requiring they undergo drug treatment in order to re-enter.

7/15/2014

Jefferson County, Vernonia and four other rural Oregon school districts are among the 300 worst in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending and reading and math achievements, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress. Several of the Oregon districts experience high levels of chronic absenteeism.

7/15/2014

Springfield Conservatory for the Arts, a new city-run magnet school focusing on the performing and visual arts, will make its debut this fall with 120 students making up its original cast. Starting with grades six through nine, the school will add a new grade over the next four years to reach twelfth grade.

7/15/2014

House bill 2351 in Pennsylvania would increase penalties for terroristic threats towards a school, and let schools know if a person who has threatened them is released from jail. The bill would make the first offense of threats against a school a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, as it is now.

7/15/2014

The 7,000-student Kingsport City school system, which abandoned traditional pay scales in favor of a merit-based system, will implement a teacher-designed overhaul to teacher compensation in the 2014-2015 academic year.

7/14/2014

7/14/2014

Arizona's public schools are due an additional $317 million in funding for the coming budget year, a court has ruled. The decision could cost the state an extra $1.6 billion over the next five years.

7/14/2014

The $15.03 million purchase of the devices still must be approved by the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education. The multi-year effort to provide all students with access to mobile computers on a cloud-based network started last school year with a pilot in nine schools.

7/14/2014

The move will phase out E-rate funding for old technologies like pagers and dial-up phone service in order to subsidize broadband and wireless Internet connections in classrooms and libraries.

7/14/2014

A coalition of climate and science groups has launched a petition, dubbed the Climate Science Bill of Rights, to urge local governments to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and teach climate change science in grades 8-12.

7/14/2014

Unlike initiatives in Louisiana and Tennessee, which have concentrated weak schools in districts run directly by the state, Colorado is leaving control of the turnaround schools up to local districts.

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