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4/13/2015

4/13/2015

Dynamic Healthy Vending has set up a special give-back program to make the vending machine idea more appealing to schools.

4/13/2015

School officials want to buy 57 acres about 3 miles south of Interstate 84 for $1.7 million. They have no immediate plans to build a school but note that as development ramps up in South Boise, they will need to add a school.

4/13/2015

While the requirements for becoming a school bus driver in Kansas have increased in the past 32 years, the part-time pay structure and odd working hours have remained a constant.

4/10/2015

4/10/2015

Changes to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System that passed the Michigan Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, according to the state's top court. Several unions challenged the portions of the law that increased the amount all public school employees have to contribute to their pensions in order to keep getting benefits.

4/10/2015

The number of students waitlisted to attend a charter school next school year increased by 18 percent this year to 8,526 in Washington, D.C. Demand is particularly high for specialty programs, such as foreign language and Montessori schools, as well as preschool.

4/10/2015

Seattle's First Place Scholars Charter School has until early next week to respond to concerns that educational requirements are not being met. State officials are not happy with the extent to which the school teaches the English language, the school's financial viability and its overall educational plan.

4/10/2015

Indiana Senate budget leaders proposed that shifts to local school funding be phased in over five years in order to lessen cuts that many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments have faced. The Senate committee's $31.5 billion plan includes 2.3 percent increases in school funding in both budget years.

4/10/2015

A new statewide poll found that two-thirds of California registered voters surveyed supported a proposal to require school campuses to serve breakfast during class hours rather than before. Three-fourths favored using existing federal funds to pay for the meals.

4/10/2015

The professional hockey club is creating a high school hockey league, which will play its inaugural season in 2015-16. Current Kings broadcaster and former player Jim Fox will serve as the league’s commissioner. The Kings will also subsidize helmets, jerseys and practice jerseys free of charge.

4/10/2015

The Florida Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would scale back high-stakes testing in public schools. The measure eliminates some exams, reduces how much weight test scores carry in teacher evaluations and limits to 45 hours the time students can spend on testing each school year.

4/9/2015

4/9/2015

With a state-sanctioned group talking about changing or eliminating some standardized tests, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning brought education officials into court to talk about testing and what the state Department of Public Instruction is doing to improve low-performing schools.

4/9/2015

The state school board will have its final hearing and vote next week on getting rid of the so-called "5 of 8 rule" that requires school districts to have a minimum number of nurses, counselors, librarians and arts teachers.

4/9/2015

Seattle School Board members mostly voiced displeasure at the notion of approving charter schools to operate within their district. Many members stressed that trying to green-light and oversee the publicly funded but independently run schools would demand significant staff time.

4/9/2015

School districts in Tennessee are weighing their options as a controversial guns-in-parks bill makes its way through the state legislature. Some school districts are concerned how the bill will impact student athletes who frequently practice and play games at parks. It is illegal to carry weapons where school events occur.

4/9/2015

The West Virginia Board of Education denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness. The districts will have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

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