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2/24/2015

2/24/2015

The House Education Committee passed a bill that would require the disclosure of an applicant’s entire criminal history — instead of just certain felony-level offenses — to provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal background.

2/23/2015

2/23/2015

Four men emerged as the finalists to become the next school superintendent of Boston, as a yearlong search for a new leader enters perhaps its last phase. The candidates are racially diverse and come from school systems many miles away: two from California, one from Nevada, and another from Virginia.

2/23/2015

Schools calculate that a 5 percent budget reduction would mean $113 million less to spend statewide on things like technology and textbooks and on library, food service and health workers.

2/23/2015

Colorado has academic standards in 10 content areas, two of which—math and English language arts—contain Common Core standards. The first major revision of Colorado's standards started in 2008, was introduced in schools beginning in 2010 and was fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

2/23/2015

Teacher Jacque Salisbury hardly ever asks her students to open their physical science textbooks. She prefers more engaging, hands-on learning. Plus, the middle school books are more than a decade old.

2/23/2015

Many schools across the U.S. have cut back on recess and athletic offerings, but Santa Barbara Middle School views cycling as a vital part of the school’s educational philosophy. Between special cycling trips and commuting to and from campus, students and staff collectively ride an estimated 15,000 miles each year.

2/23/2015

Federal Smart Snacks in School standards disqualify most bake sale items. But federal law also allow states to pass exemptions in order to hold a set amount of in-school food fundraisers.

2/23/2015

Los Angeles Unified School Supt. Ramon C. Cortines says the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal for his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

2/23/2015

Iowa's continuing history of shuttering schools — 4,314 districts have closed since 1950 — means that children must be transported farther. The average school boundary is now about 161 square miles, nearly 14 times larger than in 1950.

2/20/2015

2/20/2015

Clay target shooting is trending in Minnesota schools. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, which allows competitors in grades 6-12, fielded 13 teams in 2010. In 2014, the number was 185.

2/20/2015

Minnesota has the worst or second-worst graduation rates among reporting states in all four non-white student categories for the 2012-13 school year. Fewer than 60 percent of the state's black and Hispanic students graduate in four years.

2/20/2015

While the new governor asked for billions in budget cuts, Gov. Bruce Rauner also asked for a $300 million increase to K12 school funding next year, which would be a 6.7 percent boost in general state aid.

2/20/2015

The House Education Committee voted to block the state Board of Education from implementing the standards developed in part by the National Governors Association. HB 2190 also makes it illegal for the board to adopt standards for college and career readiness that are similar to standards or assessments used by 20 or more other states.

2/20/2015

A bill that would require parents of Kansas public school students to sign a form before their children can take sex education has been advanced by the House Education Committee and will go to the House floor.

2/20/2015

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to suspend the Florida Standards Assessment test in English language arts for 11th graders and seek a permanent legislative fix this session. He cited concern about too much testing in Florida’s classrooms.

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