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8/22/2014

8/22/2014

Mayor Vincent Gray accepted final recommendations to update assignment policies and school boundaries that have not been reviewed in more than 40 years. The new boundaries and assignment polices will go into effect for the 2015-1016. Children who are currently enrolled in school will not be required to change schools.

8/22/2014

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

8/22/2014

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

8/22/2014

Connecticut announced that $132 million dollars will go to 30 school districts in the Alliance District Program to help close achievement gaps. The program is a partnership between struggling school districts and the state.

8/22/2014

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

8/22/2014

The state lottery made a record-breaking $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2014. $1.5 billion of those dollars were contributed to the state's education budget.

8/21/2014

8/21/2014

A California bill passed prohibiting school and college administrators and superintendents from making cash donations to both school board candidates’ and incumbents’ campaigns or legal defense funds. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

8/21/2014

A state commission charged with recommending a school funding formula heard testimony this week about the history and complexity of paying for public education in the state. The vast majority of Pennsylvania school business officials, board members and superintendents responding to a survey by state education associations said predictability is very important in a funding formula.

8/21/2014

Most Dallas-area educators won’t be armed this school year despite a new state law that allows concealed handguns on school campuses. For the most part, school district police departments have focused on ramping up current campus security — fortifying doors and installing more cameras — instead of arming teachers.

8/21/2014

Starting with this fall’s high school freshman class, public school students in New Jersey will be required to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate.

8/21/2014

Baltimore is expanding its Safe Routes to School program that uses green footprints on sidewalks around the city. The footprints point out the safest ways to get to school for elementary and middle school students. City officials said crews have improved traffic safety measures along those routes.

8/21/2014

Buffalo school administrators said the layoffs were primarily the result of under-enrolled classes, but school board members said the last-minute layoffs are not fair to students and that class sizes are growing in struggling schools.

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses. School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services.

8/20/2014

The West Virginia Board of Education is looking to redesign the role of school principals. A report compiled by ICF International recommends new professional expanded standards that are recognized across the country, the establishment of a Professional Standards Board and creating advanced specializations for principals, among other suggestions.

8/20/2014

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

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