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10/20/2014

10/20/2014

Members of the Go Public steering committee pointed to a survey last month in which 40 percent of respondents said they had a strong positive impression of local public schools, up from 27 percent a year earlier.

10/20/2014

To make suspensions something more than quality couch-time and to support some of the Montclair School District's at-risk students, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. is piloting a new program that will provide tutoring and counseling to students suspended from Montclair High School.

10/20/2014

What's added fuel to the fire is a recent report produced by Stanford and two other universities that found philanthropic money is moving away from traditional public schools and toward private efforts, mostly charter schools.

10/17/2014

10/17/2014

The Mississippi Department of Education released this year's school accountability results, which are nearly identical to last year's results. All districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year. Grades only changed this year if a school happened to improve, which most did not.

10/17/2014

Schools in Waukegan will remain closed again as the teacher strike continues into its tenth day due to an impasse between Waukegan District 60 and its teachers union over teacher compensation.

10/17/2014

While the number of children medicated for ADHD continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kids who actually take such medication varies by season. According to American Sociological Review's research, middle and high school students are 30 percent more likely to have a prescription filled for stimulant medication during the school year than they are during the summer.

10/17/2014

The Bay District School Board is giving three new charter programs the green light. Newpoint Bay will add an elementary school and alternative high school while University Academy will add a middle school to its elementary program.

10/17/2014

A new poll suggests North Dakota's proposed Measure 8 will pass without a hitch with voters. If the measure is approved, all public school classes in the state would begin after Labor Day. Supporters initiated the measure to prevent students from sitting in hot classrooms at the end of summer, which has caused districts to cancel school.

10/17/2014

Exposure to nature has long been linked to lower stress levels and mental alertness, but a new study finds it is also associated with higher scores on a standardized test. Even after controlling for factors such as race and parental income, Massachusetts third graders with greater outside exposure showed better English and math academic performance, a new study reports in the online journal PLoS One.

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

10/16/2014

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

10/16/2014

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

10/16/2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/16/2014

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

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