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6/13/2014

6/13/2014

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

6/13/2014

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

6/13/2014

The state is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year.

6/13/2014

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

6/13/2014

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

6/12/2014

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

6/12/2014

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

6/12/2014

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

6/12/2014

Students at two dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will eat free next year, regardless of family income. The schools, among the district’s poorest, will serve breakfast and lunch to all students for free starting in the fall under a new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Eligibility Provision is an amendment to the National School Lunch program.

6/12/2014

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005, Louisiana embraced a radical vision for New Orleans education, leaning ever more heavily toward charter schools. That shift culminates this month as the last of Louisiana city's traditional schools close. New Orleans is now an all-charter school city.

6/12/2014

One in three school districts is raising property taxes without the consent of residents by using a loophole in a Pennsylvania law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs. If districts need to go above a cap set by the state Department of Education, the increase is supposed to be put before voters. However, a state program exists through which districts can receive voter referendum exceptions.

6/11/2014

6/11/2014

Franklin Township Schools violated the state constitution when it discontinued bus service and arranged for an outside company to shuttle students for a fee, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The ruling, if it stands, also would prevent other school corporations from trying the same approach to solve a budget problem.

6/11/2014

Another round of Iowa school district consolidation is likely in the years ahead due to dwindling rural populations and the expiration of a state provision that allows districts with declining enrollment to recoup some budget losses, state educators say. The consolidation trend is reigniting conversations about how to best serve rural students in a state that's seen significant urban migration in the past decade.

6/11/2014

Louisiana's public schools were comparatively unsafe places in the 2011-2012 academic year, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics. Louisiana had the highest rate of high school students reporting they got into a fight on campus and teachers reporting they had been threatened with injury at school.

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