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3/17/2015

3/17/2015

The Kansas Senate voted to replace the existing school funding formula with block grants for the next two years while lawmakers craft a new method for funding schools. The bill is likely to face a challenge in the courts from plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and equality of school funding.

3/16/2015

3/16/2015

The big debate in the legislature is to what degree they will increase funding for education.

3/16/2015

Even when other schools were dropping the arts, teachers here have integrated art and music into their classes for at least 15 years. Lucker says it helps her as a teacher.

3/16/2015

An analysis of immunization data for the 2014-15 academic year shows that Utah County parents are less likely to immunize their 5-year-olds than those who live in Salt Lake County.

3/16/2015

State lawmakers are attempting to address the inequity, but there may not be enough money in the state’s checkbook to cover any viable solution.

3/16/2015

Indiana school districts that have missed more than a week of class due to winter weather are searching for ways to make up those days.

3/16/2015

The agency previously reported an uptick of 27 percent over the last three years. The number of investigations rose from 141 during the academic year that ended in 2010 to 179 at year-end 2014.

3/16/2015

Starting this fall, students of Rupert Elementary School will be encouraged to join a walking school bus. But first, the school district needs to build the “bus” -- a corps of trained volunteers to escort children.

3/13/2015

3/13/2015

A House panel gave its approval to a plan that would encourage school districts to adopt a standard attire policy for K8 students. The bill includes a small cash incentive for school districts that comply.

3/13/2015

The Mississippi Department of Education, in partnership with East Mississippi Community College, will open the state’s first early college high school this fall for students who show potential for academic success but need a different type of school setting.

3/13/2015

The Education Policy Committee in the House of Representatives approved a proposed charter school bill that would give the committee the authority to approve applications for start-up charter schools that are denied by local school boards.

3/13/2015

The Kansas House narrowly advanced a controversial bill repealing the state’s current school finance formula in favor of flexible block grants. The proposal will give school districts more flexibility on how to spend state dollars but will also reduce overall school funding for the current year.

3/13/2015

The South Dakota Legislature has passed a 2 percent increase in state aid to school districts despite concerns that the measure shifts some costs to local property taxpayers.

3/13/2015

Hamilton County's board of education voted to sue Tennessee over the Basic Education Program, the formula through which the state funds public schools. School officials say the state shortchanges the school district roughly $13 million annually.

3/12/2015

3/12/2015

The Iowa Senate approved a bill that authorizes school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to determine their school start date based on the best educational interests of students.

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