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7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally. At minimum, they said these cameras, which help identify motorists passing school buses illegally, violate the spirit of the law.

7/21/2014

The KIPP charter school chain's newest campus in southwest Houston is launching a community-building model designed to break the cycle of poverty by working with other nonprofits to provide everything from good schools to health care and, ultimately, mixed-income housing.

7/21/2014

Georgia's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year to give schools options to sell sweet treats during fundraisers. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under the federal nutrition standards.

7/21/2014

The state Board of Education has given approval for its members to take all-expenses-paid trips touring out-of-state charter school networks seeking approval to operate in Texas. The fact-finding missions will be funded by private foundations or individual donors — not taxpayers or the charter schools themselves.

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/18/2014

7/18/2014

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

7/18/2014

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

7/18/2014

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

7/18/2014

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

7/18/2014

Critical safety changes were announced that impact all Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security released a 30-page report that lists 29 safety recommendations for school leaders.

7/17/2014

7/17/2014

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

7/17/2014

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

7/17/2014

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

7/17/2014

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

7/17/2014

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

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