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9/9/2014

9/9/2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a charter school case that centers on the powers that the School Reform Commission has to manage charter school growth in Philadelphia's financially distressed district.

9/9/2014

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

9/9/2014

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

9/8/2014

9/8/2014

A week into the school year, Maine’s first virtual charter school has enrolled close to 300 students. In response, some school districts have explored creating virtual programs to keep students from leaving their brick-and-mortar schools for the virtual charter and taking state and local funds with them.

9/8/2014

A landmark school cheating trial is set to begin in Georgia with school teachers facing up to 35 years in prison. Opening statements are expected to start this month in the trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees accused of boosting students' scores by altering and falsely certifying students' answers in standardized tests.

9/8/2014

Toledo Public Schools opened its first single gender school this fall with the male and female students of Jones Leadership Academy separated by floors. The school will start with seventh- through ninth-grade students and expand at a later time through 12th grade.

9/8/2014

Through its Operation KEYS (keeping every youth in school) program, Corpus Christi Independent School District is battling truancy with volunteers visiting truant students' homes and informing them of different options to graduate from high school.

9/8/2014

"School Corporation Size and the Cost of Education," a policy brief from Ball State University's Center for Business and Educational Research, found that consolidation might be the best option for the Indiana's smaller school districts. The study determined that 2,000 students is the minimum efficient scale for school corporations in the state.

9/8/2014

In an admissions overhaul that relies on city buses, Nashville area students will be able to choose which high school they attend next year. However, schools located outside students’ current geographic zones would require open seats for them to get in, likely limiting entry into several.

9/8/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint against the Hernando County School District over its single-gender classes at an elementary school, claiming the classes violate federal anti-discrimination laws. The organization also filed complaints calling for federal investigations into the single-sex classroom programs in Broward and Volusia counties.

9/5/2014

9/5/2014

Boston school officials have decided they will only record images — and not voices and other sounds — when they turn on more than 650 surveillance cameras installed on all school buses. Initially, school officials had planned to activate the microphones but concerns were raised about potentially violating students’ right to privacy.

9/5/2014

A state-mandated study of high school athletes' concussions in Minnesota showed that athletic trainers from 36 public high schools voluntarily reported 730 concussions. Researchers projected from that an estimated 3,000 concussions among the state's young athletes in the 2013-2014 school year.

9/5/2014

A group of Camden parents has sued the state Department of Education, claiming a recent decision to approve two new Renaissance schools was done illegally. The lawsuit alleges that there was a failure to review the charter schools' segregative and financial effects on Camden School District.

9/5/2014

There are several lawsuits pending in metro Atlanta demanding that licensed gun owners be allowed to take their weapon onto public school property. The latest suit has been filed by a parent in Gwinnett County, calling into question which of the two new gun laws takes precedence on school property.

9/5/2014

The Pennsylvania school district opened the Monticello School, a new school catering specifically to special education students with additional emotional support and autism services offered. The district is partnering with the Scranton Counseling Center and the Friendship House for the new K12 school.

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