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4/16/2015

4/16/2015

LAUSD is seeking to recoup millions of dollars over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads. The district's board of education authorized its attorneys to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.

4/16/2015

Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on a no-bid basis to a training academy that formerly employed her.

4/16/2015

An amendment to the legislation to hold Wisconsin's publicly funded schools accountable for their academic performance dropped several divisive components — such as creating a new state oversight board and allowing publicly funded private schools to administer different types of tests to students than public schools.

4/16/2015

For the second meeting in a row, the Senate Education Committee has declined to vote on a bill that would allow school employees with law enforcement or military experience to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure could still come up as an amendment to a related bill.

4/16/2015

Students from a school where all staff members will get pink slips because of uncertainty about Iowa school funding took a school-approved field trip to Des Moines to lobby for a 4 percent increase in supplemental school aid.

4/16/2015

Bowing to concerns from parents and lawmakers that children would be denied an education to which they are constitutionally entitled, a state senator delayed a vote on a bill requiring most California parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of enrolling them in private or public schools.

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

For the first time, LAUSD will open two all-girls' schools next fall. One will be a science-oriented school overseen directly by LAUSD while the other will be an independently operated, district-authorized charter school.

4/15/2015

The state's schools have to submit certified budgets this week for the next school year, but state lawmakers still haven't agreed how much money those schools can spend. This has prompted one school district to prepare for the worst case scenario by giving all its employees pink slips.

4/15/2015

After more than nine years after the Louisiana Recovery School District took over 100 New Orleans schools, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the contract Martin Luther King Jr. Charter has signed with the Orleans Parish School Board.

4/15/2015

Baltimore city schools CEO Gregory Thornton proposed a $1.3 billion budget that includes fewer central office staff and 40 more classroom teachers. The central office's budget will decrease by $17.8 million through cost-cutting and departmental reorganizations and by cutting 120 funded positions.

4/15/2015

The Vermont Agency of Education's deputy secretary told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from mandatory components of the state's education reform bill, which passed the House last month. The agency wants to pursue voluntary steps toward school district consolidation.

4/15/2015

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that seeks to cut testing in Florida's public schools. The bill was passed by the Florida Legislature last week, in response to a too-much testing outcry from teachers and parents across the state.

4/14/2015

4/14/2015

Ten former Atlanta public school educators, convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals, should consider plea deals or face significantly more time behind bars, a judge said.

4/14/2015

Spokane Public Schools kept true to its promise to pull students from class who aren't compliant with Washington's vaccine laws this week. It is state law that schools require vaccinations or a waiver signed by parents excusing their children from getting shots. Those who don't have either on file are listed as non-compliant.

4/14/2015

A pair of Colorado Senate bills dealing with violence and mental health in schools received initial approval after a sometimes emotional hearing. One bill would allow victims of school violence to sue districts for information, and the other would create a committee to study mental health in schools.

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