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4/1/2015

4/1/2015

The House voted to pump $7.255 billion into the state school funding formula in the next two school years. The 9 percent increase offers enough money to cover the costs of expanding kindergarten from half-day to full-day plus provide about $100 more per student next school year.

4/1/2015

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., says the city’s plan to open an all-boys college preparatory high school does not run afoul of federal laws to protect education equality for girls. The mayor plans to open the school for the 2016-17 school year.

3/31/2015

3/31/2015

The Supreme Court declined to review a case involving New York City’s ban on religious groups’ holding worship services in public school buildings, leaving in place a decision by a lower court that found the longstanding policy constitutional.

3/31/2015

A coalition studying how to fix the education system in Detroit made sweeping recommendations, including the creation of a Detroit Education Commission to oversee the opening and closing of all city schools. The recommendations also called on the state to assume some of the massive debt of Detroit Public Schools.

3/31/2015

The Boston school system is failing to adequately teach thousands of students who speak limited English and provide them with rigorous coursework, nearly five years after promising the federal government it would overhaul programs to comply with civil rights laws, according to an ongoing federal review.

3/31/2015

As many in Delaware call for a change to the state's complicated system of funding schools, some school districts could get the chance to put more resources directly in the classroom under a proposed pilot program.

3/31/2015

The United States Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former Morgan Hill high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag tee-shirts inside out during Cinco de Mayo celebration at their school in 2010.

3/31/2015

A proposed bill that would allow incorporated cities to form their own school systems by carving out a piece of a larger district using existing local government boundaries had a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee.

3/31/2015

Individual public schools would be graded on their performance — from an A to an F — under legislation tentatively approved by the Texas Senate. The state's current rating system is similar to a pass-fail approach.

3/30/2015

3/30/2015

Heated debates over K12 school funding — which is the biggest line item in the state budget at almost $2.9 billion this fiscal year — appear to have stalled the progress of the Iowa Legislature's 2015 session. The lack of a deal on school funding levels means school districts can't develop their budgets for the next academic year.

3/30/2015

As state and federal school funding sources dry up in Illinois, school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more, despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

3/30/2015

Arizona teachers are worried schools could lose the ability to inform parents about bond measures and other election information that affect their children's education if lawmakers pass a House bill. A provision would block school or charter school employees from speaking or distributing information in an official capacity to influence an election.

3/30/2015

The Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

3/30/2015

Lawmakers announced that they would come up with an extra $20 million for a handful of growing school districts to deal with serious overcrowding. Five school systems qualified for the extra dollars this year, but that could change during the next session, depending on individual construction needs.

3/30/2015

Parents at one elementary school are speaking out after a letter sent home with students called out some children for being overweight. After having their body mass index calculated in gym class, the letter the students received listed their current and past BMI and whether the current number fell below, within or above what’s considered “healthy” range.

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