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4/23/2015

4/23/2015

The Middletown school board is considering an update to its search-and-seizure policy that would give the superintendent the power to order police dog teams to search a school.

4/23/2015

The House passed legislation that would bring about an overhaul of the Florida High School Athletic Association. The proposal would overhaul the organization’s governance, require a third-party review for students suspected of being ineligible and provide more opportunities for student participation in sports.

4/23/2015

On Earth Day, students at a middle school are learning about how they can help the environment. The Green Street Academy is the first in the country picked by the USDA for a pilot program called Hungry Pests. The curriculum introduces middle school students to 18 specific invasive species, how they get here and what they can do to stop the spread.

4/23/2015

The schools have been chosen for a new program designed to improve learning and reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh's public schools. The schools will be part of a research project funded by a $3 million Justice Department grant to develop better relationships between students and teachers to prevent disruptions that lead to suspensions.

4/23/2015

Thousands of teachers across the state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes. The strikes forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third.

4/23/2015

A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for California schoolchildren was passed by the Senate Education Committee and will move next to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Opponents said they will keep up the fight against the bill to ensure that unvaccinated kids aren’t barred from public and private schools.

4/22/2015

4/22/2015

Up to 16,000 lower-income students in mostly urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools under a measure the Senate tentatively approved. The proposal would set aside $100 million in tax credits to create a school voucher program. The tax incentives would be given to businesses that donate money to fund private school scholarships.

4/22/2015

Voters in the Washington district will be asked this fall to approve a $292.5 million bond measure to relieve elementary school overcrowding and reduce the need for portable classrooms. The bond will pay for a new 44-classroom elementary school while four other elementary schools will be expanded to include more classrooms.

4/22/2015

A bill that would have allowed public schools to use architects and engineers' donated time to do free severe-weather safety assessments in public schools will most likely not be addressed this year.

4/22/2015

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under the California Racial Mascots Act advanced by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

4/22/2015

An effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued, a legal standard not all states follow.

4/22/2015

The Philadelphia school system wants to open more new high schools and continue a program that encourages teachers, principals and community organizations to overhaul schools from within. The new small high schools would be neighborhood schools without admissions criteria, and would open first to ninth graders, adding one grade each year.

4/22/2015

A panel of judges has dismissed a lawsuit from school districts and parents claiming that state's system of school funding fails to meet the state's obligation to students. The panel said the level of annual funding needed for each student to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature, not the courts.

4/21/2015

4/21/2015

Pinellas County Schools suspended Florida Standards Assessment testing until further notice due to computer software issue issues. Florida's Department of Education also gave notice that the state's server was experiencing problems.

4/21/2015

Rural schools and associations representing superintendents, treasurers and school boards largely praised the House-proposed plan to distribute billions of dollars to Ohio’s 610 school districts. The formula now takes into account how much a district can raise with the minimum 20 mills of property taxes required by the state.

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