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5/22/2014

5/22/2014

High school students would be required to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and learn cardio pulmonary resuscitation under legislation the Senate passed. Gov. Pat Quinn called the measure “common-sense legislation” that will make sure students are properly trained in life-and-death situations.

5/22/2014

California's public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don't meet expectations.

5/22/2014

Voters across New York approved 98.3 percent of school budgets up for a vote this week, according to the state School Boards Association. A survey by the group found 652 school districts saw their budgets passed, including 99.5 percent of the 645 districts that stayed within the state's property-tax cap.

5/22/2014

Normandy School District has filed a petition challenging the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The school transfer law has left the district nearly insolvent.

5/22/2014

As the state trims the number of items being tested, officials are waiting on the more thorough statistical analysis of TCAP scores before releasing the quick scores. The delay complicates student report cards, as state law requires schools to use TCAP results for 15 to 25 percent of students' final grades in third through eighth grades.

5/22/2014

Two bills aimed at restoring school budgets have been signed into law. One of the K12 bills includes $110 million for public school districts to begin restoring recession cuts. That bill also sets aside money for certain programs, including $20 million for early literacy programs and up to $40 million from marijuana taxes for school construction.

5/22/2014

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

5/21/2014

5/21/2014

The Obama administration is expanding its Turnaround Arts program, an initiative designed to bring arts programs to failing schools in an effort to boost student achievement. The program, which has been in pilot mode for the past two years in eight schools, will extend to 35 schools.

5/21/2014

New research from the University of Miami discovers high school grade point average (GPA) is a strong predictor of whether one graduates from college and how much money a person makes in adulthood. The investigators analyzed men and women separately as data shows that men earn more in the workplace even though women have significantly higher GPAs.

5/21/2014

There is a cheating scandal at a Long Island school district, but it's not the students who are accused of cheating. In a state audit of Hempstead grades for the school year 2012-2013, grades were found to be changed 2,225 times, for nearly 1,300 students.

5/21/2014

The state's share of funding lags behind 40 other states. No formula has been set for education aid, but that may change. A bipartisan commission to make recommendations on a new funding formula for the commonwealth has been set up. But questions remain about how quickly the commission will act and how far it will go.

5/21/2014

A task force assigned to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland schools will recommend that the summer break be extended. The state comptroller's office released an economic impact study that found that pushing back the start of the school year would have a $74.3 million effect on the state economy.

5/21/2014

The USDA said schools can put off for two years a requirement that all pastas in schools be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain, if they can demonstrate that they have had "significant challenges" in preparing whole-grain pasta. Many schools have complained that they do not hold together well when cooked.

5/21/2014

Woodland Community CSD 50 in Gurnee filed a lawsuit against Prairie Crossing Charter School and two state agencies, alleging that millions in state aid that should have been spent on instruction for low-income and at-risk students have been “siphoned away” to pay for a small number of charter school students.

5/20/2014

5/20/2014

Fairfax County Public Schools will be reorganizing the administrative structure for more than 200 schools. The new system will group schools into five administrative regions, with high-achieving schools that serve affluent populations grouped with those with more diverse student bodies and larger proportions of lower-income students.

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