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10/15/2014

10/15/2014

The Maryland county plans to spend $9.8 million over the next three years to expand the school security system. By the end of the program, every Baltimore County public school will have a network of surveillance cameras that police can monitor remotely. Every school door would be locked and require an identification card to open.

10/15/2014

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

10/14/2014

10/14/2014

All classes and school activities were canceled until further notice in South Burlington School District as teachers prepared to begin a strike. Sports, after-school programs and other extracurricular activities and programs will also be canceled. The union and the school board have been negotiating for 10 months for a new contract.

10/14/2014

The Arkansas Board of Education passed a final rule that all public schools would receive an annual report card; however they decided to not include grading alternative learning environment schools. What letter grade a school receives will be based on a point system, including factors such as weighted performance improvement and graduation rates.

10/14/2014

North Carolina’s ambitious new Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is being expedited to the state’s Supreme Court after the body announced that it will exercise a rarely-used right to have a case come before it without exhausting proceedings at lower court levels.

10/14/2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to address high-need students’ needs, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.

10/14/2014

Arizona has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. The extension is through the 2014-2015 school year. Arizona’s initial waiver request was approved in July 2012.

10/14/2014

The Jefferson County Board of Education gave the go-ahead for the Catalpa School, a Waldorf-inspired arts school, to start as a K5 school replacing Maupin Elementary. The school will eventually expand to include eighth grade. The state selected JCPS as a District of Innovation, giving it waivers from some state education rules to allow it to experiment.

10/14/2014

A Wake County school board committee backed a proposal to add five new magnet schools next school year that would increase access for students to take courses in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Under the proposal, the magnet schools would be part of the district's new K-12 immersion/global studies theme.

10/13/2014

10/13/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, have distanced themselves aggressively from the approach taken by the administration of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the city’s worst performing schools, which rested primarily on closing them and replacing them with new, generally smaller ones.

10/13/2014

A divided state school board has picked Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith to lead Utah’s public schools, choosing a controversial figure criticized by many of his employees but beloved by school reformers.

10/13/2014

Eight schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office. The centers are staffed with a full-time medical assistant and a part-time nurse practitioner who can give physical exams, administer immunizations, write prescriptions and treat acute illnesses with parental consent.

10/13/2014

The district settled a federal complaint saying that it failed to stop the harassment of black and Somali students at one of its high schools during the 2012-13 school year. The district is required to take action in 13 different areas and submit monitoring reports to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

10/13/2014

This year, in addition to celebrating the Italian explorer who crossed the Atlantic in 1492, students in Portland Public Schools will honor the indigenous people who lived in the Americas long before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

10/13/2014

The students arrested were identified as a 16-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. The incidents came just days after similar online threats were made at another school in Coral Springs, with fights and a fire reported on campus.

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