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5/19/2015

5/19/2015

The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay. But school districts say the cap has led to turnover as superintendents retired, took jobs in other states or switched professions.

5/19/2015

After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

5/19/2015

The state is eliminating the requirement of some math assessments from the final course grades, citing a lack of independently verified statewide assessment results. Districts will need to calculate final course grades and make promotion decisions without regard to the 30 percent statutory requirement.

5/19/2015

Chicago's city and school district ratings were pushed to below investment grade. The amount of money the district spends annually on debt has increased by 50 percent to $468 million since 2009. At this rate, the district could face rapid cash burn and an eventual liquidity crisis, pushing it to make cuts to the classroom that are desperately needed.

5/19/2015

Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.

5/18/2015

5/18/2015

School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F – using student test scores and other measures – under a bill tentatively approved late Thursday by the House.

5/18/2015

Only employees chosen by the school district will be approved to carry a gun. They will also be required to have a license to carry and proper training.

5/18/2015

More than 40 middle schools participating in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new after-school initiative have learned they will have to cancel their upcoming summer programs, just months after being told that funding would be available.

5/18/2015

Grand Forks Public Schools sent a letter to parents via email Thursday warning them of the risks of fentanyl as part of a communitywide effort to combat a recent spurt in deadly overdoses on the drug.

5/18/2015

A decade after state legislators eliminated what was regarded as one of the worst taxes in Ohio, the move continues to haunt state officials and local school districts.

5/18/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools officials are switching to a new way of budgeting to ensure that the most education money follows students with the greatest need.

5/18/2015

On the rise are cases in which families living in districts with failing schools have been accused of “stealing an education” and have been fined for lying about where they live on official district documents. Others have been criminally charged and, in some cases, jailed.

5/15/2015

5/15/2015

The California district has approved a controversial move to eliminate kicking students out of school for swearing at teachers and ignoring instructions. The school board voted to no longer allow teachers and administrators to suspend students out of class for non-violent offenses.

5/15/2015

House leaders threw in the towel on efforts to fix the state’s troubled school finance system with time running out in the legislative session and a lack of interest in the Senate in addressing the problem.

5/15/2015

Vermont House and Senate negotiators have the framework of a deal in place on education reform. The bill encourages school districts to consolidate to expand student offerings and to try to save taxpayer money.

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