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5/27/2015

5/27/2015

In its estimate to hire Aramark to manage school janitors, Chicago Public Schools underestimated by nearly 3.2 million square feet the amount of space Aramark would have to clean. It will cost the district an additional $7 million in the controversial contract.

5/27/2015

The California city's public school leaders may restrict enrollment at a prestigious arts school to city residents only. The proposal comes after years of concern on the Board of Education that San Francisco students lack access to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with about 14 percent of students currently enrolled living outside the city.

5/27/2015

Trauma, poverty, cultural and peer pressure, overuse of technology and more can be causes of mental health issues among kids. Schools can help by offering mental health screening, integrating exercise and mindfulness into the school day, limiting technology and encouraging fun.

5/27/2015

A rash of local teachers charged with having sexual relationships with students raises the question of whether there is an increase in the number of sexual predators among teachers or simply heightened awareness and increased reporting. Several districts are requiring that staff members use social media tools created and monitored by the district to communicate with students.

5/27/2015

A policy of stripping welfare benefits from families if kids under age 16 miss too much school would become law under legislation nearing approval in the Michigan Legislature.

5/27/2015

Oregon lawmakers are considering bills to provide statewide funding for Outdoor School programs. Outdoor School is usually a budget item for local school boards. Advocates are pushing for statewide support through the use of unclaimed bottle deposit money or regional garbage fees.

5/26/2015

5/26/2015

Tennessee in 2013 ranked eighth nationally for its high school graduation rates. With 86.3 percent of Tennessee high school students currently graduating on time, the state isn't far from reaching the U.S. goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to a new report.

5/26/2015

Albuquerque Public Schools' school board voted to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement they owed the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

5/26/2015

Critics are criticizing legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

5/26/2015

Virginia's Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for the next school year, which is an increase of $53.9 million. It will also allow for small pay increases of 0.62 percent for all employees.

5/26/2015

Due to school district consolidations, Iowa now has 122 fewer districts than it did in 1965. Most district mergers point to the central challenges that rural Iowa schools face today: low revenue through property taxes and state aid, transportation costs and the problem of maintaining staffing and class offerings when enrollment declines.

5/26/2015

Hundreds of Newark students walked out of classes to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

5/22/2015

5/22/2015

The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.

5/22/2015

After analyzing feedback from parents and others, the controversial new standardized test in Illinois will be streamlined to be shorter and easier to take next year. The two testing windows will be combined into one in addition to a reduction in the total test time.

5/22/2015

The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.

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